Legendary Bikes Hit the Auction Block

Renowned auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will host an auction of rare and historic motorcycles at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance on May 3 at Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, which is south of San Francisco. Among the legendary bikes on the block is the famous 1903 Rex Single once owned by Harold Williamson, which won the historic 875-mile Land’s End to John o’Groats Run in Great Britain more than 100 years ago.

Last year’s inaugural Bonhams’ auction garnered nearly $1 million in sales, a remarkable sum for a first-time motorcycle sale. “Last year’s results confirmed the obvious, that is there’s a strong demand for an auction of important collector motorcycles and memorabilia at the world’s foremost motorcycle event,” says Mark Osborne, head of Bonhams & Butterfields’ Motoring department. “It also demonstrates the continuing interest and upswing in the market for historic bikes.” (www.LegendoftheMotorcycle.com)

?Arthur Coldwells

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