Bonhams boasts very strong spring motorcycle auction

Bonhams boasts very strong spring motorcycle auction

98 percent sell-through and $4.728 million in sales at Stafford in the UK

Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale established several world records for motorcycles sold at auction and posted more than £3.376 million ($4.728 million) in total sales, the company announced Sunday as the two-day event ended. The auction included around 300 motorcycles and claimed a very strong 92 percent sell-through rate.

Among the record prices paid were £154,940 for a 1970 Clymer Munch 1,177cc TTS “Mammoth” and £96,700 for a 1973 MV Agusta 750S. Prices include buyer’s fee.

1973 MV Agusta 750S also set an auction record for its sales price

Topping the sale was a 1931 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 which sold for £264,700 ($371,905), considerably more than its pre-sale estimate of £170,000 to £220,000 ($140,000 to $310,000). 

Bidding on the Brough was a six-way battle and proceeds from its sale go to three charities: the Search and Rescue Dog Association, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the Salvation Army.

“The result exceeded all expectations and demonstrates the strength of the Brough Superior market and the length that bidders will go to support such worthy causes,” said James Stensel, head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles UK division.

Another highlight, Bonhams noted in its news release, was a 1974 Ducati 750SS “project” bike that sold for £106,780 ($150,026), which was more than three times its pre-sale estimated value.

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Also selling for well above their pre-sale expectations were a 1923 Nimbus 746cc Four and a 1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 police machine. The Nimbus brought £55,200 ($77,556) and the Coventry £68,700 ($96,524).

The sale featured 42 motorcycles from the Miklos Salamon Collection. All of them sold, topped by a 1950 Vincent 998cc ‘Chinese Red’ Touring Rapide (£68,700) and the 1940 Indian 78ci Four (£68,700).

Top 10 sales, Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale 2018

  1. 1931 Brough Superior 981cc SS100, $371,905
  2. 1970 Clymer Munch 1,177cc TTS ‘Mammoth,’ $217,692
  3. 1974 Ducati 750SS ‘project,’ $150,026
  4. 1973 MV Agusta 750S, $135,864
  5. 1957 F.B. Mondial 250cc Grand Prix racer, $129,569
  6. 1950 Vincent 998cc ‘Chinese Red’ Touring Rapide, $96,524
  7. 1940 Indian 78 Four, $96,524
  8. 1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 ‘Police,’ $96,524
  9. 1926 Coventry-Eagle 981cc Flying-8, $91,803
  10. 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight & Steib 501 sidecar, $88,656

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams’ upcoming motorcycle auctions are September 1 at Beaulieu, October 6 at Birmingham, Alabama, and October 14 at Stafford in the UK.

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