Classic collections under the hammer in Paris

By Dan Sharp, 22 February 2013

A huge motorcycle sale in Paris by Bonhams netted a total of £743,597 with 87% of lots being sold...

The star lot at the Grand Palais on February 7 was a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc racer at £35,000, while two single-owner motorcycle collections realised a combined total of £520,000.

Top-selling item in the Garelli Grand Prix Collection was a 1926 Garelli 348cc Racing Motorcycle at £26,000, while a 1917 Indian 7hp Powerplus led the way among the bikes of the late Claude Lesellier, selling for £25,000.

Immediately after the auction, a 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve was sold for £34,760.

The entire auction – Bonhams’ second visit to the venue following the spectacular success of its debut sale in 2011 – realised just short of £11.3 million from 86 cars, 84 motorcycles and more than 100 lots of automobilia, with successful bidders from 27 countries worldwide.

Ben Walker, director of the Bonhams motorcycle department, said: “After starting the year with the department’s most successful sale ever in Las Vegas, we are delighted to have once again beaten our previous sale total on our second visit to the Grand Palais in Paris.

“We now look ahead to our spring Stafford sale at the 33rd Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on Sunday, April 28, hopeful that we can continue this run of success.”

Another Bonhams sale on February 20 in Chester saw a motorcycle designed by Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney sell for £43,250.

The 2012 Lauge Jensen cruiser-style machine, designed by the world-famous striker and custom-made by the Danish motorcycle manufacturer was sold in aid of KidsAid, a Danish charitable foundation that helps young people affected by illness.

It incorporated a number of special features, including an autographed ‘No. 10’ football shirt mounted and lacquer-sealed onto the petrol tank, a special shift rod incorporating 21 black diamonds and a white diamond and a rear mudguard depicting Rooney’s celebration of his spectacular goal against Manchester City in 2011 that helped Manchester United claim that year’s Premiership title and was named ‘Best Goal’ of the season.

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