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Bonhams celebrated its second motorcycle auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel this past month demonstrating the market’s strong interest in early machines.

With 77 lots selling for more than $600,000, the recent sale was by far the most successful motorcycle auction to date this year in America.

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Bonhams is no stranger to the two-wheeled market and sells, on average, more than $8 million worth of motorcycles annually.

Its list of successful sales and world-record prices is renowned and includes motorbike-specific auctions such as Quail Lodge, the ├╝ber-popular Stafford Show in England, the BMW Museum in Germany, and the former Legend of the Motorcycle in Half Moon Bay, not to mention mixed car/bike sales such as the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles.

Building on this vast experience and strength, Bonhams is now launching a new motorcycle-exclusive auction in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. The “Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction” will take place the afternoon of Thursday, January 6th, at the Imperial Palace hotel and casino on the strip.

Leading the list of entries is a stunningly original 1952 Vincent Rapide in Chinese Red that has been untouched for nearly half a century.

Found in Fresno, California – where it had been sold new by the local Fresno Indian dealer – the time capsule machine has 8500 original miles, matching numbers and California black license plate. Its auction estimate is $85,000-$100,000.

Over 200 classic motorbikes representing every era are expected to be featured in the Las Vegas auction and, and in anticipation of this new event, Bonhams is offering sellers preferential consignment packages until November.

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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