From left: a 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante, estimated at €11,000-17,000; and a 1980 Bimota SB2, estimated at €21,000-25,000
From left: a 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante, estimated at €11,000-17,000; and a 1980 Bimota SB2, estimated at €21,000-25,000
For the very first time, the world renowned MC Collection Motorcycle Museum will offer 18 of its highly desirable collectors’ motorcycles at auction. 
The Italian machines will be sold by Bonhams at the Grand Palais Sale, taking place 4 February 2016 in Paris, France. The Stockholm-based museum was founded in 1999 by enthusiast Christer R. Christensson, who, together with motorcycle historian Ove Johansson, assembled a world-class collection of motorcycle masterpieces.
“This is the first time the museum has offered any of its collection at auction,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “It is an exciting, early consignment to our Grand Palais Sale, including several lots at no reserve.”
1972 Ducati Scrambler 450

The selection features a trio of Ducati motorcycles, including a 1983 Ducati 900 S2, estimated at €7,000-9,700, a 1972 Ducati Scrambler 450, estimated at €9,800-14,000, and a 1969 Ducati Scrambler 250, estimated at €5,600-7,000.

Further highlights include a 1980 Bimota SB2, estimated at €21,000-25,000, a 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante, estimated at €11,000-17,000, and a 1948 Gilera Saturno, estimated at €11,000-16,000.

1948 Gilera Saturno
1948 Gilera Saturno
“At the MC Collection, we have assembled more than 400 motorcycles, each featuring a design that’s proved important to the industry,” said Mr. Christensson. “The motorcycles featured in Bonhams auction have each been influential in the biking world. My personal favourite is the 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante.
“I’ve always loved well designed and beautiful classics. It was difficult to stop collecting, so the collection just grew and grew. My interest started in 1957 when I caught sight of a Husqvarna Silver Arrow. It just stuck in my mind until I was able to start actually collecting, which began in 1985.”
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Scarica il catalogo dell’asta evento Bonhams che vedrà protagoniste le più belle auto d’epoca nella splendida atmosfera di fine ‘800 che solo il Grand Palais può regalare.

L’asta avrà luogo dal 5 al 7 febbraio 2015 presso il Grand Palais, Parigi.



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Download the catalog of the auction event that will draw the most beautiful vintage cars in the beautiful atmosphere of the late ‘800 that only the Grand Palais can offer.

The auction will take place from 5 to February 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

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Pope Benedict XVI Harley-Davidson to be sold for charity at Bonhams Paris Sale

Una Harley-Davidson con la firma di Papa Benedetto XVI all’asta Bonhams di Parigi del 5 febbraio al Gran Palais con una stima di € 15,000-25,000.

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Pensata per essere donata al Santo Padre a Roma in occasione delle celebrazioni per il 110° anniversario della leggendaria casa di Milwaukee, è corredata di un serbatoio autografato da Papa Benedetto XVI.

In origine furono inviati al Santo Padre due serbatoi per essere firmati e, una volta ritornati in fabbrica, sono stati montati su due distinte moto. Di queste, una è esposta al museo Harley-Davidson di Milwaukee, l’altra è la Heritage Softail Classic destinata all’asta Bonhams al Gran Palais di Parigi.

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Questa bellissima Harley era in attesa di una cerimonia speciale in cui sarebbe stata presentata al Papa di fronte a decine di migliaia di possessori Harley-Davidson a Roma nel giugno del 2013. Tuttavia, nessuno avrebbe immaginato l’abdicazione di Benedetto XVI nel gennaio 2013 e così la moto è diventata anche un omaggio inaugurale per Papa Francesco.

“E ‘un onore essere stati scelti per vendere questa Harley dalla storia così particolare. Ci aspettiamo un’asta combattutta anche più del solito vista la causa benefica”, ha detto Ben Walker, Direttore Internazionale del Dipartimento Motorcycle per Bonhams.

“Nel mese di febbraio 2014, Bonhams ha venduto la Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide firmata da Sua Santità Papa Francesco. Ora siamo lieti di offrire una moto benedetta sia da Papa Francesco che da Benedetto XVI; il tutto è avvenuto in un periodo cruciale per la Chiesa cattolica, e ci aspettiamo molto interesse per questo”.

Questa moto unica vedrà i suoi proventi devoluti a Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), una associazione benefica polacca indipendente che offre assistenza e sostegno ai bambini e alle famiglie in difficoltà.

La Harley-Davidson sarà venduto in data 5 febbraio 2015, all’interno dell’asta “Les Grandes Marques du Monde” al Grand Palais di Parigi.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, is to be sold for charity at Bonhams 5 February Paris Sale.

The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of €15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). In a special countdown to Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations, two commemorative motorcycle petrol tanks were presented to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

These were signed, and returned to the motorcycle legends US headquarters where they were mounted to their respective motorcycles. Of these, one remains in the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, USA. The remaining motorcycle – the FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic destined for Bonhams 2015 sale – lay waiting for a special ceremony where it would be presented to the Pope in front of tens-of thousands of Harley-Davidson riders at 2013s 110th anniversary celebration.

However, in an unforeseen change to the papacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI abdicated in January 2013. Subsequently this saw the Softail Classic presented to the newly inaugurated Pope, his holiness Pope Francis.

“It’s an honour to have been selected to sell this fantastic machine. We expect a lot of interest, and hope to raise some spirited bidding for the very worthy charity selected,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department.

“In February 2014, Bonhams sold 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide signed by His Holiness Pope Francis. Now we’re delighted to offer a motorcycle received by both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; it was present during a pivotal period in the papacy of the Catholic Church, and we expect a lot of interest in it.”

Entered at no reserve, this unique motorcycle will have its auction proceeds donated to Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish volunteer, independent, non-profit organization that offers care and support to children and families in need.

The Harley-Davidson will be sold on 5 February 2015 as part of Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris.