Don't listen to the press — they don't know how many books you've read. While George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is an undisputed literary classic, and also served as the basis for the greatest television ad of all-time, its themes of public manipulation and government surveillance seem especially poignant in recent days. Despite being first released in 1949, it's currently the best-selling book on Amazon, and its publisher just ordered another 75,000 copies. These first-editions are likely to become even more collectible as the years go on, but if they're a little more than you typically spend on dead trees, we'd recommend the recent Penguin Modern Classics edition, with a cover design from David Pearson that's among the best we've ever seen.
Worn for both racing and filming, Steve McQueen's Racing Helmet is both an iconic piece of memorabilia and perhaps the most personal McQueen collectible available. Painted for McQueen by Von Dutch, the Bell helmet was on McQueen's head as he raced in the Gulf Porsche at Sebring and Holtville in 1970. He then wore it during the filming of Le Mans, preserving the image of McQueen donning it forever in celluloid. The helmet remains in good condition for its age, with its signature stripes, graphics, and "MCQUEEN" lettering still in tact.