Rare motorcycles net attention at 2012 Vegas auctions

Publish Date: 
Jan 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Auctions held this month featuring famous and vintage motorcycles had successful debuts, with motorcycles and memorabilia sold to collectors from all over the world.

Auctions America by RM sold more than $4.1 million worth of vintage motorcycles, reaching 82 percent sell-through of all lots offered at the Jan. 12-14 event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. That auction featured 490 motorcycles and a range of bike-related memorabilia, and drew bidders from 35 states and 10 countries, as well as over the phone and via the Internet.

RM’s top seller of the weekend was a 1910 Flying Merkel, restored to the company’s bright orange color scheme, which sold for $86,800. A high-quality 1926 Cleveland Fowler fetched $76,160.

Magician Criss Angel’s BeLIEve/Mindfreak custom chopper sold for $19,040 as the entertainer watched from the podium. All proceeds from Angel’s “Charity Chopper” sale – including auction commissions – went to his BeLIEVE Anything Is Possible foundation to help children in need.

Full results from Auction America’s Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction are posted online at www.auctionsamerica.com.

Over the same weekend, Bonhams held its first Las Vegas motorcycle auction at the Imperial Palace hotel and casino. Top sellers there included a 1953 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow and a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince, each of which brought $122,500; a 1911 Indian 7hp Big Twin that brought $84,240 and a 1928 Henderson De Luxe Four that sold for $70,200.

Posted by Holly Wagner


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