Bonhams sells 52 vintage motorcycles at Las Vegas

Auction total falls short of $1 million

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The 1940 Crocker Big Tank V-Twin that was the star of the auction catalog failed to be bid to its reserve price and did not sell | Larry Edsall photos

Bonhams has yet to issue an official news release regarding its recent Las Vegas motorcycle auction. However, it has provided a list of sales that indicates only 52 of the 111 vehicles on the docket sold, for a total of around $985,000.

The top sale was the $126,000 paid for a 1929 Brough Superior 680 OHV “project.”

Top-seller at the auction was a 1929 Brough Superior and the parts needed to put it back together

The star machine of the sale was a 1940 Crocker Big Tank V-Twin that had a pre-auction estimated value in the half-a-million-dollar range. According to a report on the Hagerty Insider, the bike was bid to $380,000 but failed to sell.

Top-10 sales, Bonhams at Las Vegas 2020

  1. 1929 Brough Superior 680 OHV ‘project,’ $126,000
  2. 1949 Vincent 998 Black Shadow, $97,750
  3. 1918 Harley-Davidson Model 18J, $88,550
  4. 1939 Matchless Model X, $59,800
  5. 1980 Kawasaki Mystery Ship, $55,200
  6. 1976 Yamaha TZ750C, $49,450
  7. 1938 AJC Model 2, $43,700
  8. 1982 Suzuki RG500 MVKII, $43,125
  9. 1913 NUT 1,000cc OHV, $28,750
  10. 1927 Indian police special, $28,750

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams next Motoring department auction is the Les Grands Marques du Monde au Grand Palais, scheduled for February 6 in Paris. 

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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