MV Agusta Is Star Of Box-Office Hit Bonhams Sale

A 1973 MV Agusta 750GT, belonging to the late German film critic Hans Schifferle, was the star and top lot of the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale this weekend, more than doubling its pre-sale estimate to achieve £126,500, a new auction world record for the model.

The rare Italian grand tourer led a 40-strong collection of motorcycles amassed by the late enthusiast, which all sold yesterday (10 October) in day two of the auction which achieved a total of £2.1 million, with a 92% sell-through rate.

Five Hans Schifferle collection machines made the sale's top ten, including a 1941 Indian 1,279cc Four and a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight which both exceeded their top estimates, selling for £57,500 and £37,950 respectively.

Another strong top ten result was that of a 1911 Pierce 592cc Single which achieved £74,750, with the American pioneer racing past its top pre-sale estimate. Meanwhile a 1931 Vincent-HRD, also topped its estimate, selling for £73,600.

Collections featured heavily, as ever, in the sale catalogue, with the Senior Collection of 75 motorcycles and the John Renwick Collection of sidecar racing motorcycles both achieving 'white glove' results.

The Phil Morris Collection, an extraordinary grouping of racing motorcycles campaigned in the highest levels of two-wheeled motorsport – from the TT to Moto GP – also performed well with 22 machines finding new homes, led by the ex-Steve Hislop, Naill Mackenzie, James Whitham, Cadbury's Boost c. 1995 Yamaha YZF750 Superbike Racing Motorcycle which sold for £35,640, double its pre-sale estimate.

A further notable result was the £34,500 achieved by a timewarp 1989 Suzuki RG500 Gamma, effectively a brand-new motorcycle, which had covered only two 'push' miles from new.

James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycles UK, said: "We're delighted at achieving yet another world record at Stafford. It felt like a return to normal in the saleroom, with very high attendance in person, and the strong results overall show the resilience of the collectors' motorcycle market. As well as our bidders in the saleroom, there was much online engagement, with enthusiasts from all over the world bidding and buying."

The Bonhams Motorcycle team is now gearing up for 2022, which opens with the Spring Stafford Sale on 23-24 April. This follows a brand-new auction in Italy, the first overseas foray for the department which will be hosted by the world-renowned Moto Dei Miti museum founded by Genesio Bevilacqua, founder of the Althea Racing team on 1-3 April. Consignments of important collectors' motorcycles for both sales are being invited now. Contact [email protected]

11 October 2021

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