Record highs

The Bonhams April sale realised some staggering prices, with ex-Bud Ekins Triumph the most jaw-dropping.

With a successful sale rate of 92% and a total of £3,892,397 achieved, the Bonhams auction resulted in an all-time record sale.

Highlights included 1962 Triumph 649cc TR6SS, which had been ridden by Bud Ekins, the US racer, trials rider and stuntman who performed the famous jump as a double for Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. The lot achieved more than three times its top estimate with a world record auction price of £97,750, sold to the US.

Another record-breaker at the show was a 1925 Coventry Eagle 981cc Flying-8, with an overhead valve JAP V-twin, which set a new auction record for the marque, achieving an impressive £218,500.

The Bud Ekins 1962 Triumph Trophy, which is heading to the US.

fter a three-way bidding battle, the machine was bought by a lady bidder in the room and it will join a renowned collection. It eclipsed the one-year-younger SS100 Brough Superior, which realised £207,000.

A third world record was set for a 1935 Vincent-HRD 498cc Series-A Comet, which sold for £97,750 to a bidder in the room.

This rare machine, one of only a few ‘intermediate sump’ types, was totally restored in 2015 by famed Vincent-HRD restorer Glyn Johnson and has been on display ever since.

Read more in the July 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!

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