Unreleased Photos Of James Dean Car Crash Up For Auction
INDIANAPOLIS -- Photos of late actor James Dean's fatal car accident are expected to sell for $20,000 when they go to auction next month.
The 24-year-old was driving on US Route 466 in California on September 30, 1955, when his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor driven by a Navy veteran, Donald Turnupseed. In Dean's passenger seat was his Porsche mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, who survived the accident.
According to RR Auction, the photos were to be used in a court case.
The black-and-white photo collection consists of 12 overhead views of the intersection where the accident occurred and 18 "ground-level" photos, nine of which have more up-close details of the aftermath of the accident and mangled vehicles.
Six of the photos have inside and outside views of Dean's Porsche. His racing number, 130, is prominently displayed on the back along with a "Little Bastard" decal.
James Dean was born in Marion, Ind., in Feb. 1931 and grew up in the nearby town of Fairmount. He is buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmount.
(Photos provided by RR Auction.)