Bud Ekins Collection To Be Offered At Bonhams & Butterfields Auction

With a long history of representing the legends of Hollywood at its annual Classic California Auction, Bonhams & Butterfields Auction is proud to offer the collection of famed racer, stuntman and Triumph dealer Bud Ekins on November 13th at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Highlights from Ekins’ collection include cars, motorcycles, personal never-before-seen photographs, trophies, posters, memorabilia, tools and racing jackets, as well as ephemera from best friend and collaborator Steve McQueen. Four and two-wheeled machines on offer include several cars painted and pinstriped by famed Ekins employee Von Dutch and sidecars that were featured in classic films such as The Wild One, The Great Escape and Pearl Harbor.  Highlights include:

1905 REO Roadster, painted by Von Dutch. 1908 REO Tourer, painted by Von Dutch. 1908 Delaunay-Belleville H4 Double Phaeton, ex-Bill Harrah, painted by Von Dutch. 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F with Sidecar. 1918 Cleveland Single. 1925 Harley-Davidson JD. 1936 Harley-Davidson VL Police. 1937 Harley-Davidson UL.

In addition to the one-of-kind items from the Bud Ekins Collection, Bonhams & Butterfields will offer a diverse selection of motorcars and motorcycles from around the country. Two notable highlights include a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster Convertible and a pristinely restored 1967 Volkswagen Samba 21-window Bus. American muscle cars by Corvette, Chrysler, Hudson, Mercury, Mustang and Plymouth will also be represented within the sale as well as British marques and prominent European brands.  Select highlights include cars from Armstrong Siddeley, Austin, Bantam, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, FIAT and Porsche. Motorcycles featured within the 2010 Classic California Auction include models from Bimota, Ducati, Honda, Matchless and Norton, as well as a Valentino Rossi Yamaha R1 to be offered to benefit Riders for Health.
The renowned Bonhams Classic California Auction will be held at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 13th. For more information or to order an auction catalog and register to bid – in person or remotely, go to Bonhams Petersen. (photos courtesy of Bonhams)

4 Responses to “Bud Ekins Collection To Be Offered At Bonhams & Butterfields Auction”

  1. 1 nicker Oct 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    If i had a bunch -a $$$s that needed to be hidden from the coming inflation, this sure would be a fun place to hide-em….. 🙂

    But then if a frog had wings it wouldn’t bump it’s ass every time it hopped…… 🙁
    (however dreaming is free)


  2. 2 Kirk Perry Oct 29th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    We lived as “Bud Ekins” lived growing up. There was never any difference between “Bud Ekins”. He always rode bikes “over his head”. So did we.
    It gave me great pleasure to learn that years later Bud “ended-up” 🙂 spending his days in a huge Quonset hut(s) around L.A’s film district, that was filled with motorcycles – and spent most of his time with his friends and bike related stuff.
    One of the few successful people from the industry – that never seem to have ever had a real job, or he mostly had fun and money to those guys (Keenan Wynn, Bruce Brown, McQueen, M. Smith, Dutch) was a by-product earned by the chunk – with long time lapses in between. Early Bohemian then when the state was far less populated. It’s in the background of the pictures from that period. So vacant of life after 5 p.m. that the insecurity made you hungry. Starving hungry.
    Bud lived in classic era. A handful of guys “owned” it back then.

  3. 3 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycle Co Oct 29th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    It was a grand era and Bud was right in it. He lived life to the fullest. One of its characters to say the least.

  4. 4 fuji Oct 30th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Interesting. Thought there would be more responses on Bud Ekins than what I see.
    This guy is the real deal, not the Faux pretenders that made the silver screen and fame with little or no knowledge of riding.
    Bud is the true grit of the motorcycle and auto world on screen and off.

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