Nov 1, 2010
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From a press release
This restored 1894/1895 Hildebrand & WolfmÃ¼ller motorcycle will be auctioned by Bonhams January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
HILDEBRAND & WOLFMULLER THE WORLD'S FIRST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE TO HEADLINE LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION
Tremendously rare German vehicle joins line-up of nearly 200 motorcycles
A complete 1894/95 Hildebrand & WolfmÃ¼ller will highlight Bonhams first Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino hosted by the Auto Collection on 6th January 2011.
Coming from a private American collection where it has resided for approximately half a century, this 115-year old motorbike has been lightly and sympathetically restored some decades ago and is wonderfully patinated. In addition to its excellent condition, this pioneering vehicle is of the utmost historical significance - it was the first powered two-wheeler to enter series production and is the first vehicle to which the name "motorcycle" (motorrad in German) was ever applied.
This extraordinary news follows the record-breaking sale of another Hildebrand & WolfmÃ¼ller offered by Bonhams at their Stafford auction this April. That 1894 relic caused considerable excitement across the world resulting in a packed salesroom and an above-estimate selling price of Â£86,200. The model being offered in Las Vegas next January is substantially superior and carries a conservative estimate of $130,000-$150,000.
"Typically, the chance own an authentic Hildebrand & WolfmÃ¼ller is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Bonhams CEO Malcolm Barber. "Due to their extreme rarity and historical value they are almost never offered on either the open or private markets. Now Bonhams will have had the opportunity to represent two of these 'holy grail of motorcycles' within the space of a year."
The rare appearance of a genuine Hildebrand & WolfmÃ¼ller on the auction block next January will bring buyers from around the globe. For sellers interested in consigning their motorcycles to this anticipated auction, there is still time. To contact a Bonhams representative call the US office on 415-391-4000 or e-mail Nick Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the sale, visit bonhams.com/vegas
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to (May 2010).