Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia sale in Harrogate Wednesdayday (11.17.10) was a resounding success making a grand total of £809,404 ($1,295,128.10).
The motorcycle section did particularly well, selling 79% by lot and 86% by value to make £132,000 ($211,318).
The saleroom was packed with a huge crowd of enthusiasts and collectors and it was a truly international sale with bidders from across the globe.
The top selling motorcycle was a c.1926 Indian 600cc Scout which exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £9,000-12,000 to sell for £16,560.
Lot 621, a 1936 BMW 500cc R5 motorcycle sold for £10,925 while lot 623, a 1958 BSA 500cc Gold Star motorcycle, which had seldom been used since its acquisition, fetched £13,225.
Other notable lots include 617, a 1919 Harley-Davidson 998cc Model F motorcycle in very good condition that sold for £14,375 and lot 608 – a beautiful and very unusual 1964 DMW 249cc Deemster Police Motorcycle – fetched £4,370.
Ben Walker, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department comments, “It was another fantastic sale at Harrogate – the 18th auction we have held here was as popular as ever. The room was packed and enthusiastic bidding meant a successful sale. We’re now looking forward to our next auction which takes place in Las Vegas in January.”
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK.
In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Australia, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai.
Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to bonhams.com.