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Marlon Brando’s bike set to be auctioned in Beverly Hills

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Late Hollywood actor Marlon Brando’s beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle will be auctioned in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

The Oscar-winning actor’s 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle is expected to fetch between $200,000 to $400,000 as it “could be the only Brando motorcycle available.”

“My father was bigger than life and everything he did was often celebrated by fans around the globe.

“My hope is that many of the items coming up for auction this weekend at Julien’s Auctions will offer a small glimpse into the life of my father, who happened to also be one of the world’s most loved and famous actors of our time,” Mike Brando, the “Godfather” star’s son, told people.com.

The late star previously spoke of how much he enjoyed getting on the bike, which he purchased in 1970, for late-night rides around New York City.

According to Julien’s Auctions, who are conducting the sale, he once said: “It still pleases me to be awake during the dark, early hours before morning when everyone else is still asleep. I’ve been that way since I first moved to New York. I do my best thinking and writing then.

“During those early years in New York, I often got on my motorcycle in the middle of the night and went for a ride anyplace. There wasn’t much crime in the city then, and if you owned a motorcycle, you left it outside your apartment and in the morning it was still there.

“It was wonderful on summer nights to cruise around the city at one, two, three a.m. wearing jeans and a just a T-shirt with a girl on the seat behind me. If I didn’t start out with one, I’d find one.”

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In Film ‘Last Tango In Paris’, the Famous Rape Scene of Maria Schneider with co-star Marlon Brando was done without consent of Actress, says Director

Schneider was only 19 years old when the scene was filmed with 48-year-old Brando. She was traumatised by the experience

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FILE - In this 1972 file photo originally provided by United Artists, Marlon Brando, left, and Maria Schneider are shown in a scene from "The Last Tango in Paris". A representative of the Act 1 agency said Schneider died in Paris on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, following a long illness. She was 58. (AP Photo/United Artists) Youtube

December 5, 2016: In an old interview that has recently surfaced, director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted that in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, the rape scene of actress Maria Schneider with co-star Marlon Brando was done without the consent of the actress.

The film received praises by critics for its high art content, while some considered it to be controversial because of its infamous X rating. But, the 1972 film is best remembered for an explicit rape scene.

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Schneider was only 19 years old when the scene was filmed with 48-year-old Brando. She was traumatised by the experience.

In a recently surfaced video, the director admitted that he and Brando planned to film the scene without informing Schneider. The director said that he and Brando just before the shoot decided it because they wanted to capture Ms Schneider’s reaction “as a girl and not as an actress”.

Before the French died in 2011, she had revealed that it made her feel “humiliated” and “a little raped.”

She had claimed that it was not in the script and after the scene neither Bertolucci nor Brando apologised or consoled her after the scene.

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In a 2007 Daily Mail interview said,“I was so young and relatively inexperienced and I didn’t understand all of the film’s sexual content.” She added, “I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that.”

As the video went viral, Hollywood celebs like Jessica Chastain and Chris Evans strongly reacted on Twitter and slammed both director and actor for filming the scene without the consent of the actress.

-prepared by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi