Oasis: the Zündapp Bella scooter featured on the 'Be Here Now' album cover,

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Lot 561W
Oasis: the Zündapp Bella scooter featured on the 'Be Here Now' album cover,

Sold for £ 4,080 (US$ 5,255) inc. premium
Oasis: the Zündapp Bella scooter featured on the 'Be Here Now' album cover,
registration no. 514 FMK, 200 cc, frame/engine no. 75481, mileage shown as 40951, red and black livery, together with current V5 registration certificate

Footnotes

  • Released in August 1997, 'Be Here Now' was the band's third album and it became the UK's fastest-selling album to date. It went to the top of the UK chart and furnished two No. 1 singles 'D'You Know What I Mean' and 'All Around The World'.

    The cover prompted much speculation as to possible meanings and messages but the photographer, Michael Spencer Johns, has been quoted as saying that it was simply a result of Noel Gallagher choosing a selection of items from the BBC prop store that he thought would look good in the image. It is possible that this scooter was included on Liam Gallagher's suggestion; the V5 certificate records him as the previous owner, having acquired the machine in April 1997, the time that the cover was shot at Stocks House in Hertfordshire. Apparently, the original concept had been to shoot each band member in a different location in the world but the costs would have proved excessive. The shoot was then relocated to the former home of Victor Lownes, head of the UK's Playboy Clubs.

    The Zündapp company was founded in 1917 in Nuremberg, Germany and produced its first motorcyles in 1921. After producing machines for the German military during World War II the company responded to the scooter craze in Italy at the beginning of the early 1950s and the Bella model was introduced. Whilst heavier and perhaps less stylish than its Italian counterparts, the 150cc and 200cc models continued to be made until 1958 and 1962 respectively.

    The scooter offered here was first registered in the UK in July 1955. Acquired by the current owner in 2004, the machine has not been run since and will need the requisite work to bring it back to a roadworthy condition.
Oasis: the Zündapp Bella scooter featured on the 'Be Here Now' album cover,
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