The Padua Auction
Important Collectors’ Motor Cars
28 October 2018
Los Angeles – 24 September 2018 – Following the recent announcement of Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna motorcycle from the film On Any Sunday, Bonhams auctioneers is delighted to announce the consignment of motorcycles ridden or owned by Paul Newman, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and other celebrities.
As with McQueen’s “Husky”, these motorcycles represent early motocross models and the out-of-doors action sought by these leading men of the silver screen. Featured will be the 1967 CZ 250 – an uncommon Czech motorcycle lauded for its off-road nimbleness – ridden by Paul Newman in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion. Peter Fonda rode a 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 – a popular go-anywhere dirt bike from Spain – in the opening scene of Easy Rider that will be offered. And Dennis Hopper‘s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross, a Swedish make celebrated for its motocross capabilities, is also starring.
Furthermore, two other motorcycles owned by Steve McQueen – in addition to his Husqvarna – will be offered: a highly sought after 1953 Vincent Comet Series C from England and an unusual and attractive Danish 1939 Nimbus Model C Luxus with Sidecar.
And it’s not just celebrity motorcycles that will be the stars in October. Other highlights include rare vintage motorcycles, such as the oldest original Vincent Black Lighting – the “holy grail” of motorcycles and the model that currently holds the world auction record; pedigree racing bikes, such as the Ducati NCR AMA Pro winner; and wonderful classics from American, European and Japanese manufacturers.
Scheduled for Saturday, October 6th at the famous Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama, Bonhams’ auction of collectors’ motorcycles will be hosted in concert with the annual Barber Vintage Festival.
To register to bid and learn more, visit bonhams.com/barber.
In questi ultimi anni si sta apprezzando, in ambito motociclistico, l’ingresso ufficiale in asta dei mitici veicoli anni ’80. In testa a questa armata, i motori due tempi. Glorioso periodo per questa particolare tipologia di motori. Movimento culturale che veniva sospinto fortemente dalle competizioni.
L’armata dei piloti americani (al comando della quale si alternavano grandissimi campioni come Kenny Roberts, Eddy Lawson, Wayne Rainey e sul finire del decennio l’apparizione del mitico Kevin Scwantz) sospingeva con forza la produzione di queste stupende e super fascinose moto sportive.
Per citare soltanto due esempi: la Yamaha Rd500LC (e la Rd350LC)e la Suzuki RG Gamma 500. Due magnifiche moto replica della classe 500 che hanno fatto sognare nel passato ma anche nel presente. Il loro valore si è triplicato negli ultimi sei o sette anni ed ora è possibile ammirarle restaurate anche in prestigiose aste come quella Bonhams di cui alleghiamo il catalogo.
Non capita tutti i giorni di tuffarsi nelle proprie passioni immerso in una ambiente colmo di oggetti che ti sommergono senza che tu possa organizzare il pensiero per poterli osservare tutti. Dagli orologi ai quadri e all’antiquariato, dai mobili alle auto, dalle cucina alle moto… tutto e di più a Parma come ogni anno ad autunno e primavera… Mercanteinfiera è una vera e propria città antiquaria nella quale più di mille espositori, da tutte le piazze antiquarie europee, esibiscono le proprie scoperte a decine di migliaia di visitatori professionali, collezionisti e cultori della memoria.
E’ un evento unico, uno tra i più importanti appuntamenti del settore su scala europea: più di mille operatori presentano le proprie opere di modernariato, antichità e collezionismo scovate nei loro viaggi. Migliaia di proposte preziose ma anche curiose o solamente “riscoperte di un nostro recente passato”. Due grandi appuntamenti in primavera e autunno a Parma, nel cuore dell’Emilia e dell’Italia, a due passi dal mondo per scegliere tra migliaia di pezzi di stili diversi, verificare le tendenze del mercato, scoprire nuove filiere collezionistiche, conciliare gli affari con un piacevole soggiorno nella capitale della Food Valley, la città della cucina ma anche della musica e dell’arte.
Dall’edizione autunnale di Mercanteinfira 2017, sarà ospitata nel padiglione 4, una sezione speciale curata da MIA PHOTO FAIR, la fiera internazionale d’arte dedicata alla fotografi e all’immagine in movimento.
Rare British motorcycles head to Bonhams Stafford Sale on the 15th and 16th October with the Croft-Cameron Super Eight leading an exceptional line-up of vintage, classic and racing machines.
1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight – estimate £160,000-200,000
‘Look! Speedmen, Hard Riders, and all such Sportsmen. At last you have the Ideal of your dreams. The Croft Anzani “Super Eight”.’ – Croft Cameron (The Motor Cycle, March 1923)
The Croft-Cameron Super Eight ranks among the super-sports big twins of the 1920s and ‘30s. The Coventry based Croft Cameron company enjoyed a short but sweet existence between 1923 and 1926, producing striking and powerful machines for the very top of the market. This rare example of their design, which debuted in 1923, is estimated at £160,000-200,000.
James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles says: ‘Our motorcycle dedicated sales are synonymous with the world’s finest machines of yesteryear. This autumn’s sale has attracted some truly remarkable entries including an exceedingly rare Croft-Cameron Super Eight with elegant lines and sporting prowess – a potent machine in the right hands.
Bonhams brings several other fantastic super sport twins to the Stafford Sale. These include the 1925 Zenith 981cc Super 8 (estimate £28,000-34,000) featuring a JAP KTCY 4 cam engine from a Brough Superior SS80/100 and a 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp Motorcycle Combination (estimate £55,000-65,000), first owned by the Sheffield Police.
1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar, estimate £30,000-40,000
More than 230 lots are set to cross the Bonhams auction block. These comprise no fewer than 20 veterans, including the 1907 Vindec Special 5hp & Graham Brothers Sidecar (estimate £30,000-40,000) – a rare and striking survivor of a little-known German maker that regularly draws the attention of collectors and enthusiasts across the UK.
The ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000).
Also up for auction is the ‘exceptionally rare’ ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1, 1977 Ducati 905cc Production Racing Motorcycle (estimate £55,000-75,000) and a ‘meticulously restored’ Ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki, 1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14 Racing Motorcycle previously owned by Grand Prix rider Rob Bron (estimate £45,000-55,000).
1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000)
Amongst the Vincents on offer is a 1947 Vincent 998cc Rapide Series-B (estimate £38,000-45,000), a unique chance to secure what is believed to be the oldest complete and original post-war Vincent in existence, whilst the 1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-B/C Black Shadow (estimate £50,000-60,000) is one of just 76 Series B Black Shadows produced, putting it on a par with the series A Rapide in terms of rarity
Ben Walker, Bonhams International Departmental Director says: ‘With such a diverse array of entries, we look forward to welcoming the international crowd to Stafford for what is set to be a memorable event’.
Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale takes place Sunday 16 October at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Staffordshire County Showground. Public viewing 10:00-17:00 Saturday 15 October and from 09:00 Sunday 16 October.
For further information on Bonhams motorcycle department visit: www.bonhams.com/motorcycles
The Bonhams Motoring Department enjoyed a sensational run of sales in September, selling more than 85% by lot and 89% by value. The five sales held during the month achieved more than £30,500,000.
The four auction sales – The Beaulieu Sale: Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia; The Chantilly Sale; Goodwood Revival; and The Robert White Collection (which also included cameras and watches) – offered more than 1,300 lots. These ranged from rare Lalique car mascots, motorcycles from the 1920s, to a 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder which sold for £4,593,500 at Goodwood Revival, setting a new world record price at auction for this model.
Across the four auctions, 600 new customers registered to bid at a Bonhams auction for the first time – a substantial increase from last year. Moreover, there were 165 first-time buyers at Bonhams who paid a total of £10,900,000, accounting for more than a third of the total spend (£28,489,133) for the four sales.
In addition, there was the Willi Balz public tender sale – a first for Bonhams – that concluded on 27 September. This sale received 380 bids from 104 bidders totalling in excess of €2,400,000.
Bonhams Group Head of Motoring, James Knight, commented, “The results for September were very promising. It is particularly encouraging to see such a significant increase in new bidders and first-time buyers. This demonstrates that we are curating sales with the right mix of lots with estimates at a level to stimulate interest and encourage competitive bidding. I would also add that I don’t think there is another motoring department in an auction house that has the capacity and strength in depth to handle successfully the sheer volume and diversity of lots spread over five sales, in four weeks, in three countries. We now look forward to the autumn and winter series of sales.”
Bonhams’ other luxury departments also had a very positive start to the autumn round of sales. Fine Jewellery in Bond Street made £6.5million, with a fancy intense blue diamond selling for £2,322,500. In the Robert White Collection Sale, a very rare and fine 18K gold George Daniels limited series manual wind instantaneous calendar wristwatch far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £70,000-100,000 to sell for a world-record £225,000.
10 October. The Zoute Sale, Belgium
16 October. The Autumn Stafford Sale of Important Collectors Motorcycles
4 November. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Sale
4 December. The Bond Street Sale
8 December. The December Sale: Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia. Olympia
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