Steve McQueen watch fetches $765,000

A watch worn by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans has sold for almost $765,000 at an auction of film memorabilia.

The auction house Profiles in History said the Heuer "Monaco" wristwatch sported by the actor in the 1971 action movie sold for $US799,500 ($764,888). A signed US passport belonging to McQueen fetched $US46,125.

Other items that were sold included a miniature drop-ship used in Aliens for $US225,000; Groucho Marx's wire-rim glasses from A Night at the Opera for $US86,100; and Vivien Leigh's hat from Gone with the Wind for $US67,650.

One bidder coughed up $US98,400 for Marlon Brando's assassination jacket from The Godfather. A personal copy of the 1971 film's script signed by Brando went for $US55,000.

The buyers were not identified.