Motorcycle Types Cruiser 1915 Harley Twin to Vegas Bonhams

1915 Harley Twin to Vegas Bonhams

2012 Las Vegas Bonhams

Bonhams, the firm that holds the world record for the highest amount paid for a motorcycle offered through an auction house, has announced that it has sold the 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by The Fonz in the hit television series Happy Days for a sum in excess of $75,000.

This news comes amidst recent announcements of the extraordinary consignments Bonhams is lining up for its second annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale on January 12.

In addition to the extremely historic collection of nearly 50 motorcycles from the esteemed American family du Pont and a pair of rare Benelli racers – including an ex-works GP bike, Bonhams has assembled over 100 motorcycles of diverse makes and models from all eras of motoring.

Even more than the recently consigned 1937 Brough Superior SS100, one motorcycle in particular that is bringing intense interest from collectors around the world is the ex-Gordy Clark 1915 Harley-Davidson 11-F Twin, widely considered the best original condition motorcycle of this model in the world. Carrying an estimate of $200,000-250,000, the incredible state of this already coveted year/make/model makes this a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Also consigned are bikes with a popular culture significance, such as the 2005 MV Agusta F4 previously owned by Peter Fonda or the 1965 Rickman Triumph Metisse painted by Von Dutch.

Whether it be a 1925 Coventry-Eagle Flying-8, Eddie Lawson’s brand new 1975 Norton Commando, Jim Pomeroy’s 1979 Bultaco Pursang, or three different Orange County Choppers auctioned for charity, the breadth and quality of the Las Vegas consignments are definitely in keeping with Bonhams’ standards.

The must-attend second annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale takes place on Thursday, Jan. 12, inside the Auto Collections museum at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino on The Strip.

Buyers interested in registering to bid, in person or remotely, may visit bonhams.com/vegas for more information.

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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