Bonhams moving Las Vegas motorcycle auction to new venue

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Caesar’s Entertainment Studios just off The Strip in Las Vegas is new site for Bonhams motorcycle auction | Bonhams photo

Bonhams will stage its 10th annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction at a new venue in January 2020. The Los Angeles office of the auction house announced Wednesday that the auction, scheduled for January 23, moves from the Rio to Caesar’s Entertainment Studios.

The new venue is located behind Bally’s and just east of The Strip at the intersection of E. Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. The Rio was located not only west of The Strip but west of Interstate 15.

Bonhams previously staged its auction in a meeting room at the Rio | Larry Edsall photo

“Better still,” Bonhams said in its announcement, “the spacious new site is ideally suited for the occasion as it is not only centered near the heart of the entertainment capital but also offers plenty of parking for cars and bikes, and is easily accessible for trucks and trailers – traits that are exceedingly rare in a prime Las Vegas venue.”

Bonhams added that, “As always, an impressive selection of collectors’ motorcycles of every vintage is expected to be offered at this internationally attended sale, and consignments are now invited.

“If there was ever an auction at which to offer the world’s best motorcycles, this is it,” Craig Mallery, Bonhams motorcycle specialist, was quoted in the news release. “It was here in Las Vegas where we set the world auction record for the most valuable motorcycle ever sold – the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning for nearly $1 million.”

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Bonhams also announced Wednesday the addition of Mathieu Guyot-Sionnest to its West Coast motorcycle department.

The native of Paris was “introduced to the world of classic vehicles early in his life by accompanying his father to various events and races like Le Mans Classic,” Bonhams said, adding that as Guyot-Sionnest was completing his master’s degree in international business, he opened a restoration shop.

“He’s an active classic car racer with an International FFSA/FIA license, an active classic motorcycle racer with AHRMA and WERA, and a member of the AMCA,” Bonhams added.

“Clients will appreciate his unique, hands-on experience,” added Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams U.S. motoring department.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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