Las Vegas Bonham Auction: Classic Moto

Motorcycle Auction

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:

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