Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1959 Harley-Davidson Sold For $385,000 At Florida Mecum Auction


Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary rock-n-roller, was present this Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Mecum Kissimee Florida auction to sell his 1959 FLH Harley-Davidson. The 2 big selling points were that it belongs to Jerry Lee Lewis – not that it had belong to him – and the fact that it is in a pristine condition with only 2,257 miles on the odometer. It was sold for $385,000, proving again that celebrity ownership can add a lot to the value of a collectible. Past ownership by Steve McQueen is probably the most consistent added value a motor vehicle can get during an auction. If it was sold by unknown, the 1959 Harley-Davidson would probably bring around $80,000. 

jerrylewis2jerrylewis4Jerry Lee Lewis owned the bike since new, having received it in 1959 as a gift from Harley-Davidson. Elvis Presley received the same gift from Harley a few months later. At his professional peak in the late 1950s and early ’60s, the original bad boy of rock-n-roll was famous for songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’Going On”, ”Great Balls of Fire”, ”Breathless” and for his stage antics and piano-pounding. “The Killer”, as he was nicknamed, was inducted in 1986 in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

17 Responses to “Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1959 Harley-Davidson Sold For $385,000 At Florida Mecum Auction”

  1. 1 Harold Jan 25th, 2015 at 9:45 am

    A beauty.

  2. 2 Sharkey Jan 25th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    A genuine time capsule…

  3. 3 Rodent Jan 25th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    The bike was shown at Mecums Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction but wasn’t offered. A nice piec no matter who owned it.

  4. 4 richards Jan 25th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Absolutely beautiful! My road King during “gestation”.

  5. 5 Blackmax Jan 25th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Somebody wanted it enough to pay that kind of price
    More power to them & I hope they get a lot of enjoyment out of it !!!

  6. 6 Mike Jan 25th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Nice bike but that seat ruins it.

  7. 7 nicker Jan 25th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    “… proving again that celebrity ownership can add a lot to the value of a collectible…”

    Certainly a nice looking scooter. But, the value lies in it as a “commodity” not a motorcycle.

    So if the owner holds it long enough to where no prospective buyers know (or care) who the Killer was then what happens to the price…..???

    How long will the going rate for a very original 59FLH support $300K…..???


  8. 8 Zenaldo Jan 25th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    A very clean piece..but not 385K worth…sorry Killer….

  9. 9 Dave Blevins Jan 25th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    A beautiful machine indeed. As to the value… hey if somebody wants to pay that kind of price, I’m sure they won’t miss the money, and they have now have a story to tell their rich friends. A win-win.

  10. 10 jakz Jan 25th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    its not all original they did not come out with black barrels

  11. 11 Marilyn Jan 26th, 2015 at 11:09 am

    The coolest thing was watching it on TV and seeing Jerry sing “Great Balls of Fire” live!

  12. 12 knucklehead on a panhead Jan 26th, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    He did a free concert in Gillette Wyoming in 1979 at a rodeo. We weren’t impressed as he had his twelve year old wife (cousin) with him on tour. I would love to have the bike, but would be VERY reserved as to who owned it. I guess it goes to show you that only in America can a child molester be looked upon as a Icon and/or role model and/or someone who should otherwise be locked up in PRISON and the keys thrown away!

    A real class act and I say that with sarcasm dripping from it!

  13. 13 Martin Twofeather Jan 26th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    The bike is a gem,the guy no so……

  14. 14 Rikky Jan 26th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Lewis has been married seven times

    His first marriage, to Dorothy Barton, lasted for 20 months, from February 1952 to October 1953. In a 1978 People magazine interview, Lewis stated “I was 14 when I first got married. My wife was too old for me; she was 17.”

    His second marriage, to Jane Mitchum, was of dubious validity because it occurred 23 days before his divorce from Barton was final. It lasted for four years, from September 1953 to October 1957. The couple had two children: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. (1954–1973) and Ronnie Guy Lewis (b. 1956).

    His third marriage, to his cousin Myra Gale Brown, lasted for 13 years, from December 1957 to December 1970 (although the couple went through a second marriage ceremony because his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not complete before the first ceremony took place). They had two children together: Steve Allen Lewis (1959–1962) and Phoebe Allen Lewis (b. 1963).

    His fourth marriage, to Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, lasted from October 1971 to June 8, 1982, and they had a daughter, Lori Lee Lewis (b. 1972). Pate drowned in a swimming pool at the home of a friend with whom she was staying, several weeks before divorce proceedings could be finalized.

    His fifth marriage, to Shawn Stephens, lasted 77 days, from June to August 1983, ending with her death.[22] It has been alleged by Richard Ben Cramer that Lewis abused her and was responsible for her death.

    His sixth marriage, to Kerrie McCarver, lasted 20 years, from 1984 to 2004. They have one child: Jerry Lee Lewis III (b. 1987). According to USA Today, McCarver’s divorce settlement was substantial.

  15. 15 TJ Martin Jan 26th, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Once again former celebrity ownership trumps common sense once the gavel has fallen . And by the way . The evidence is in [ over at Paul D’Orlean’s site ] The Motor Company never gave Jerry Lee Lewis any bike .. never mind this one ! Another celebrity myth … busted !

  16. 16 James just another Kiwi Jan 26th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Maybe the person is just a Jerry Lee fan or maybe he’s just Rockin his life away………
    I do not see the value in it .

  17. 17 Sark Jan 27th, 2015 at 11:22 am

    He is a pioneer of rock and roll music, rock & roll’s first great wild man, and one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees.
    Someone made a very good investment.

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