Dustin Hoffman has put the Buick from film Rain Man up for auction

‘It should be driven, enjoyed, and cherished’: Dustin Hoffman puts iconic 1949 Buick from Oscar-winning film Rain Man up for auctionand it could fetch up to $250k

The distinctive Buick car driven by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the multi-award winning 1988 film Rain Man is to go up for auction.

Il 1949 Roadmaster Convertible, which was acquired by US actor Hoffman after the film wrapped, has an estimated value of up to $250k.

The cars typically sell for around $80k (without the iconic movie history) and originally sold for $3,150.

Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film’s ‘third characterhad ‘been in storage too longand should be ‘driven, enjoyed, and cherished’.

iconico: The distinctive Buick car driven by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the multi-award winning 1988 film Rain Man is to go up for auction

iconico: The distinctive Buick car driven by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the multi-award winning 1988 film Rain Man is to go up for auction

Brothers: Il 1949 Roadmaster Convertible, which was acquired by US actor Hoffman, (sinistra, pictured with Tom Cruise), after the film wrapped, has an estimated value of up to $250

Brothers: Il 1949 Roadmaster Convertible, which was acquired by US actor Hoffman, (sinistra, pictured with Tom Cruise), after the film wrapped, has an estimated value of up to $250

Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film's 'third character' had 'been in storage too long'

Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film’s ‘third characterhad ‘been in storage too long

It’s not clear what Hoffman paid for the vehicle.

Jakob Greisen, Bonhams head of US motoring, disse:

‘This Roadmaster presents an extraordinary, truly once in a lifetime opportunity to own the third character from the classic Rain Man movie.

‘We are honoured to have been entrusted with this special motorcar and are sure that it will be a hit with Buick enthusiasts and fans of Mr. Hoffman and Rain Man alike’.

Rain Man follows the cross-country life-changing road trip made by selfish wheeler-dealer Charlie Babbitt (Crociera) and his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman).

The film won several academy awards including best film, best director for Barry Levinson, and best actor for Hoffman.

Iko Iko: Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film's 'third character' had 'been in storage too long' and should be 'driven, enjoyed, and cherished'

Iko Iko: Hoffman said the vehicle, described as the film’s ‘third characterhad ‘been in storage too longand should be ‘driven, enjoyed, and cherished

Rear-view mirror: Jakob Greisen, Bonhams head of US motoring, disse: 'This Roadmaster presents an extraordinary, truly once in a lifetime opportunity to own the third character from the classic Rain Man movie'

Boot: 'We are honoured to have been entrusted with this special motorcar and are sure that it will be a hit with Buick enthusiasts and fans of Mr. Hoffman and Rain Man alike'

Rear-view mirror: Jakob Greisen, Bonhams head of US motoring, disse: ‘This Roadmaster presents an extraordinary, truly once in a lifetime opportunity to own the third character from the classic Rain Man movie

Rain Man: Rain Man follows the cross-country life-changing road trip made by selfish wheeler-dealer Charlie Babbitt (Crociera) and his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman)

Oscar-winning: The film won several academy awards including best film, best director for Barry Levinson, and best actor for Hoffman

Rain Man: Rain Man follows the cross-country life-changing road trip made by selfish wheeler-dealer Charlie Babbitt (Crociera) and his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman)

‘The car had a very strong visual presence in the film and was featured throughout,’ said Levinson.

‘It became a character. Dustin, Tom Cruise, and the ’49 Buick. In essence, the car hadthird billing”.’

The vehicle will feature at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, in Arizona, a gennaio 27.

Classico: The vehicle will feature at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, in Arizona, a gennaio 27

Classico: The vehicle will feature at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, in Arizona, a gennaio 27

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