Persol 0714 folding sunglasses, one of the most sought after and collected pair of sunglasses in history!
With this same classic shape as the Persol 0649 model came the 0714, with one enhancement: a frame design which folded, which added the perfect cool factor.
A pair of 0714's with custom blue lenses from McQueen's personal collection was auctioned for a little more than $60,000 in 2006:
Lot No: 62 at the 2006 Steve McQueen sale held at The Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Lot Description: A pair of 1960s-era 'foldable' sunglasses with plastic tortoise shell-like frames and blue lenses; inside right arm reads "Persol;" inside left arm reads "brevett" and "Ratti" (last name of the Italian photographer, Giuseppe Ratti, who invented this eyewear in the 1910s).
Sold for $60,000 plus Premium and tax.
Footnote: These sunglasses may be the ones McQueen wore in the opening scenes of his 1968 cult film, The Thomas Crown Affair as they match up perfectly. Additionally, throughout the late 1960s, McQueen was photographed a number of times wearing this style of 'foldable' Persol sunglasses with both blue and the standard colored lenses.
Text Courtesy Bonhams & Butterfields: www.bonhams.com
A limited edition of these glasses have been made by Persol, which featured the blue lenses, but these are quite difficult to find. The regular Persol 0714 is still available in stores.
Reference: Persol 0714 Folding Sunglasses - Color: Light Havana frame with Crystal Brown lenses (code 96/33) / Havana frame with Polarized Brown lenses (code 24/57) / Black frame with Gray-Green Polarized lenses (code 95/58)