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Bonhams celebrates debut motorcycle collectors auction

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

Bonhams’ Motorcycle Department celebrated its debut sale at the company’s new Oxford Regional Saleroom in storming fashion last Saturday (20.6.09) with 98 per cent of lots sold and a total of £399,410 achieved.

Held in conjunction with the VMCC’s annual Banbury Run, the sale was attended over 1,000 enthusiasts with 400 registering to bid, 200 of whom were new bidders.

The strong result in the packed saleroom confirms the continuing buoyant state of the collectors’ motorcycles market.

The top price was made by the 1922 Brough Superior MkI, which sold for a premium-inclusive £35,050. Other highlights included the 1947 Vincent Rapide (£26,450), circa 1971 Egli-Vincent (£23,000), 1903 Excelsior Motorcycle Combination (£21,850), 1905 Invicta Forecar (£20,125) and 1954 Norton Model 40 Manx (£19,550).

Ben Walker, Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams said: "It was very satisfying having so many people at this sale in our new Oxford premises, with strong bidding and a virtual sell-out."

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