WITH RECORDS MADE AND A 30% INCREASE OVER LAST
YEAR, BONHAMS’ 4TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION ACHIEVES
Strength of the market is
confirmed as models from Ducati, Harley-Davidson
and Indian set new records
11 January 2014 – Las Vegas – Bonhams
hosted its annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at Bally’s Hotel & Casino to
great success on Thursday, January 9th, confirming the strength of
the international market and reaffirming Bonhams’ position as the world’s
leading auctioneers of collectors’ motorcycles.
the famed Silverman Museum Racing Collection, a legendary 1978
Ducati NCR in untouched condition sold for $175,500 after spirited bidding
for what is believed to be a new auction record for the Bologna model.
the delight of all in attendance, an historically important 1940
Harley-Davidson EL from the Pierce Family Museum Collection was the subject
of an intense bidding war from clients in the room, online and on the phones,
and made a new world auction record when, to the applause of the audience, it
realized an astounding $159,000.
motorcycle from the Silverman Collection, a stunning and highly desirable 1973
Ducati 750 Super Sport “Green Frame” achieved $137,000, also making a new
record, while a rare and race-ready 1954
BMW Rennsport RS54 sold for $126,000 to a private US collector.
highly publicized 1923
Indian Big Chief with Princess Sidecar formerly owned by Steve McQueen and
restored for him by famed artist Von Dutch, was the subject of passionate
bidding and ultimately won by an American collector for $126,000, setting a new
auction record for the model. The same collector also purchased the other
iconic Steve McQueen 1935
Indian Chief for $80,500.
are very pleased to have been able to offer a superb and diverse selection of
the highest quality motorcycles from around the world,” said Nick Smith,
Bonhams US Head of Motorcycles. “The results confirm our team’s capabilities
and the strength of the collectors’ motorcycle market, and we’re looking
forward to a great 2014.” Added Ben Walker, Bonhams International Head of
Motorcycles, “Once again the season opening and highly anticipated sale in Las
Vegas proved to be the place to sell investment-worthy motorcycles.”
Barber, Bonhams Group CEO and auctioneer at the sale, commented, “As the
international auction house of repute holding sales of collectors’ motorcycles
seven months of the year, we know the market intimately and we’re very pleased to
be at the forefront of this very exciting industry.”
next Bonhams auction to feature motorcycles will be in Paris at the beautiful
Grand Palais on February 6th and will feature His
Holiness, Pope Francis’ 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that will
be sold for charity. Then, in April, is the world-famous Stafford Motorcycle
Sale in England featuring a barn-find 1939 Brough Superior SS100 that has been
in single-family ownership since 1961.
complete results of Bonhams’ fourth annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, please
visit Bonhams.com/Vegas. For more information on
the Paris auction or to consign motorcycles to the Stafford auction, please