Bonhams Las Vegas auction a record breaker

By Web editor, 15 January 2013
1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor sold to a private collector for $480,000
1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor sold to a private American collector for $480,000

Spectacular crowds gathered at the new venue at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip and voted with their wallets, as an assorted catalogue of rare and important motorcycles went under the hammer...

The catalogue 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.

For a full list of sales results for the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction visit: www.bonhams.com/vegas

Consignments are now being accepted for the Bonhams auction at the 33rd annual International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, England, on 28th April. To consign motorcycles to this or other Bonhams auctions please contact Ben Walker: ben.walker@bonhams.com

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