Bonhams Stafford motorcycle sale tops £1.5 million
Bonhams' highly anticipated Autumn Stafford Sale brought strong prices last week, with dozens or rare and important motorcycles snapped up by collectors.
The sale's most valuable lot was a 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight – a highly rare and powerful British motorcycle regarded as a vintage-era 'superbike'.
Built by the short-lived Croft Cameron company, who were in operation for only three years, the bike had remained in the same family collection since 1957 and sold for £203,100 ($248,526).
Further British machines fetching strong prices included a 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP Motorcycle Combination, first owned by the Sheffield police, that sold for £85,500; a 1921 Norton 490cc Model 16H Racing Motorcycle, originally a works entry into the 1921 Isle of Man TT race, which sold for £33,350 ($43,809); and a 1925 Zenith 981cc Super 8 which sold for £25,300 ($30,958).
The sale also featured notable American-built motorcycles, led by an extremely rare 1948 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series-B which soared past its estimate of £50,000 - £60,000 to realize £113,500 ($138,886).
There were also good prices achieved by a 1946 Vincent 998cc Rapide Series-B which sold for £68,700 ($84,065); a beautifully-patinated 1920 Harley-Davidson 1,000cc Model F which sold for £21,850 ($26,737); a 1978 MV Agusta 750 America Magni which realized £48,300 ($59,103); and an ex-works 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle which sold for £59,740 ($73,101).
The sale achieved a final total of £1,572,712 ($1.91 million), with a sell-through rate of 94% by lot and 94% by value.
"The Bonhams Stafford Sale continues to act as the international barometer for collectors' motorcycle sales," said James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department.
"The strong results at Stafford, including an industry leading percentage sale rate, were a welcome indication of the strength of the market. We look forward to welcoming the motorcycle community back to Stafford in April and in the meantime are inviting entries for our December Olympia, January Las Vegas and February Paris sales."
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