1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller to Auction!

Motorcycle Auction

Bonhams made an uncommon announcement that a complete 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller has been consigned and will be offered at the firm’s first annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction in January.

Coming from a private American motorcycle collection where it has resided for approximately half a century, the 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 motorcycle is of the utmost historical significance because 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 & Wolfmuller offered by Bonhams earlier this year in Britain.

That 1894 relic caused considerable excitement across the world resulting in a packed salesroom and an above-estimate selling price of $86,200 GBP ($137,250 USD).

The motorcycle model being offered for Las Vegas next January is substantially superior and carries a conservative estimate of $130,000-$150,000.

“Typically, the chance own an authentic 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller 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 motorbike 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 415-391-4000 or e-mail motorcycle auction specialists: Nick Smith: nick.smith@bonhams.com

The first annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction will take place Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino hosted by the Auto Collection at the heart of the Strip. For information about the sale, visit http://www.bonhams.com/vegas.

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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 Editor at Large 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).