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Las Vegas Bonham Auction: Classic Moto

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Bonhams is delighted to announce the addition of over a dozen early American motorcycles from a private Long Island, New York, collection to its first annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction.

Consisting of some the most significant names and most desirable models in motorcycling history – including an incredibly rare original paint Flying Merkel – the impressive collection includes:

  • 1905 Indian Camelback
  • 1912 Indian Twin Board Track Racer
  • 1913 Flying Merkel Twin – in original condition
  • 1913 Excelsior Single
  • 1916 Indian 8 Valve Board Track Racer
  • 1923 Harley-Davidson JD Racer with Sidecar
  • 1923 Harley-Davidson Twin
  • 1924 Indian Scout
  • 1924 Harley-Davidson with Twin Cam Experimental Motor
  • 1929 Henderson KJ Four
  • 1929 Excelsior Super X with Sidecar – in totally original condition
  • 1946 Indian Chief

Nick Smith (head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department) says: "These are some of the most iconic motorbikes in the world and we are very fortunate to have been entrusted to represent them. Each symbolizes a hallmark in American motorcycling and some, such as the Merkel, are so unique that the impact of history is simply overwhelming."

Building on its vast experience and multiple record-making motorcycle sales, Bonhams has created a new auction specifically for two-wheels at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 6 of next year.

In addition to the above collection, a stunningly original "barn find" 1952 Vincent Rapide in Chinese Red will be offered together with over 200 classic motorbikes from nearly every era.

To consign a motorcycle to this first annual sale, interested sellers may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail one of the following Bonhams motorcycle specialists:
Nick Smith:
David Edwards:
Paul d’Orleans:
Jamie Karrick:
Paul Duchene:

For general information about the 217-year old firm of Bonhams and its 50 specialist departments worldwide, visit

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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