The winning bid for the 1968 Ford Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Bullitt was $3.4 million, but the buyer's identity remained a mystery last week.
The sale price at the Jan. 10 Mecum auction in Florida was a record for a Mustang, beating the $2.2 million paid last year for a 1967 Shelby GT500 "Super Snake." The total for the Bullitt Mustang came to $3.74 million including fees and commissions.
Sean Kiernan, whose father bought the Highland Green Mustang GT 390 fastback in 1974 for $3,500, described the bidding as "an 11-minute rock concert" in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. The opening price was set at $3,500 in honor of Bob Kiernan, who died in 2014 and once refused a request from McQueen himself to buy the car.
"When the auctioneer asked, 'Who will give me $3,500?', everybody in the room raised their hand. Everybody had a chance to bid on the car," Kiernan told the Free Press. "That's what I'll remember."