‘Cosmetically aged’ motorcycle tops British auction

‘Cosmetically aged’ motorcycle tops British auction

1932 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine was restored, but presented for sale with patina

H&H Classics posted a 76 percent sell-through and £1.3 million ($1.588 million) in total sales for its recent auction at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, England. The most expensive purchase at the sale was a 1932 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine that brought £120,750 ($147,520).

More than 300 motorcycles were offered for bidding. 

The auction was held at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum

The ’32 Brough Superior had been restored by marque specialist Simon Miles but instead of being offered all bright and shiny, it was cosmetically aged so that, as H&H put it, “it exuded a careworn look.”

“One of only two such restorations carried out by Mr. Miles, the 680’s patina was widely admired,” the auction house said in its post-sale news release.

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