Bonhams hosts 3rd annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction, the most successful to date with more than $2.6-million sold

The Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction
10 Jan 2013
Las Vegas, Bally's Hotel & Casino

Spectacular crowds gathered at the new venue at Bally's Hotel & Casino on The Strip

On January 10 the Bally's Hotel & Casino on The Strip hosted a record Bonhams crowd in their Grand Ballroom with standing room only for the entire sale.

The catalog consisted of an incredible assortment of rare and important motorcycles from around the world, including several machines from prominent museums and private collections such the E. Paul du Pont family, the Springfield Museum, and prestigious private collections from Europe, Asia and America.

The world-headlining 1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor sold to a private American collector within hours after the auction for $480,000.

Continuing the trend from previous years of offering rare competition BMWs, this time a post-war machine, the 1954 BMW Rennsport 54 sidecar racing outfit brought $167,800 after spirited international bidding, being acquired by a private American collector synonymous with the marque.

A 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, another marque for which Bonhams is renowned for holding world records, made $134,800 and went to a collection in the Middle East after winning against multiple US bidders.

The ex-Otis Chandler 1920 Mars Type A20 brought $86,250 and will make its home at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, where it will be on public display.

A quintessential barn find and literally untouched for 75 years, the Australian speedway championship 1929 Harley-Davidson Pea Shooter brought $69,000 from the official sculptor for Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

The much discussed ex-Indian Motorcycle Museum 1902 Rambler Model B in original condition sold for $66,700 after intense interest from collectors in the audience and on the telephones.

Said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Group CEO and auctioneer at this year's sale, "Now in our third year here in Las Vegas we have witnessed year on year growth and particularly this year many new attendees and registrants. The international motorcycle market shows strength at all levels."

The Bonhams international motorcycle department is the world's leader in collectors' motorcycle auctions. With sales taking place in the United States, England, Germany and France, the next motoring auction takes place at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 7th during Retromobile week with over 100 motorcycles.

Consignments are now being accepted for Bonhams' auction at the 33rd annual International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, England, on April 28th. To consign motorcycles to this or other Bonhams' auctions, please contact:
Ben Walker, London: 011-44-8963-2817
Nick Smith, Los Angeles: 323-436-5470 /

For a full list of sales results for the "Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction," please go to


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. 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 three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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