Bonhams 4th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Achieves $3.3 Million

1HDELOn January 9th, Bonhams hosted its annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at Bally’s Hotel & Casino to great success, confirming the strength of the international market and reaffirming Bonhams’ position as one of the world’s leading auctioneers of collectors’ motorcycles.  To the delight of all in attendance, an historically important 1940 Harley-Davidson EL from the Pierce Family Museum Collection was the subject of an intense bidding war from clients in the room, online and on the phones, and made a new world auction record when, to the applause of the audience, it realized an astounding $159,000.

2IndianNcQueenThe highly publicized 1923 Indian Big Chief with Princess Sidecar formerly owned by Steve McQueen and restored for him by famed artist Von Dutch, was the subject of passionate bidding and ultimately won by an American collector for $126,000, setting a new auction record for the model. The same collector also purchased the other iconic Steve McQueen 1935 Indian Chief for $80,500.

4ducatiAnother motorcycle from the Silverman Collection, a stunning and highly desirable 1973 Ducati 750 Super Sport “Green Frame” achieved $137,000, also making a new record, while a rare and race-ready 1954 BMW Rennsport RS54 sold for $126,000 to a private US collector.

The next Bonhams auction to feature motorcycles will be in Paris at the beautiful Grand Palais on February 6th and will feature His Holiness, Pope Francis’ 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that will be sold for charity. Then, in April, is the world-famous Stafford Motorcycle Sale in England featuring a barn-find 1939 Brough Superior SS100 that has been in single-family ownership since 1961.

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7 Responses to “Bonhams 4th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Achieves $3.3 Million”


  1. 1 Rodent Jan 14th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    To see a bunch more photos of auction go to

    http://www.barnettharley.com/barnettsmagazine.html#.UtVWmcu9KSM

  2. 2 Tom Jan 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Here we go again with some people with too much disposable income driving the values to insane heights again which drives the parts you may need to an obscene cost. We now have no entry level for people to start collecting motorcycles except for something they don’t like.

  3. 3 Schmink Jan 14th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    What’s the standard for “too much disposable income”? If I earned it and I “dispose” of it however I choose isn’t that between my spouse or accountant and me?

  4. 4 nicker Jan 15th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Hmmmm……..

    Perhaps like the art world….
    Those with “… too much disposable income….” who chose to participate in an activity they know (or care) little to nothing about will increasing/eventually fall prey to “scooter art forgery.”

    It could happen…….. :-)

    -nicker-

  5. 5 Mick Jan 20th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I want the Pope’s Harley-Davidson being sold in Paris next month (mentioned in last paragraph). Do you think it comes with special powers of protection? That’d be too cool.

  6. 6 nicker Jan 21st, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Tried posting this to Vintagent…..

    Vintagent published the following commentary on a contemporary MC auction::
    “…no intention of bidding on anything, content to meet friends from distant places. Some buy bikes they weren’t expecting, some take home bikes they expected to sell…such is the unpredictable mystery of the auction process….”

    I was thinking to myself more like…
    Most attendees really don’t know or care about what it is they’re looking at or even buying. They’re simply spending time at the latest social event. Currently that happens to be to dabble in the stuff which, for some of us, has been at the center of our lives.

    Although in time these interlopers will move on to other endeavors. However, while they are among us they will have destroyed vintage MC as an affordable hobby for those of us who probably won’t outlive their interest cycle.

    Another inescapable consequence of an increasingly overpopulated world……. :-(

    -nicker-

  7. 7 oldfart Jan 24th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    With events such as these and pop shows such as “pickers” the over inflated prices that are a consequence of these examples limit resources to those who have been riding and building classic machines for the past few decades. Sad state of affairs.

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