An auction I'd LOVE to see!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Baldy, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. Baldy

    Baldy Site Owner Administrator

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    Welcome to Bonhams & Butterfields’ third annual Los Angeles sale of collectors’ motorcycles and memorabilia.

    Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA 12 Nov 2005 at 13:00

    <img src="http://images2.bonhams.com/erez3/erez?src=Images/live/2005-10/13/7120373-4-1.jpg.tif&tmp=Medium&width=350&quality=60&format=jpeg" width="350" height="392" border="0" hspace="6" vspace="6" align="left" />We are delighted again this year to be at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum, where the current exhibit features property formerly owned by Steve McQueen, a man known for his passion for motorcycles and racing. It is therefore particularly exciting to offer for sale the /ex-Steve McQueen /1933 Matchless Silver Hawk, as one of many fine machines from the Bob Schanz motorcycle collection that is the ceterpiece of this November 12th sale.

    Included in the many spectacular machines featured in Bob’s collection, there is a grouping of Brough Superior motorcycles championed by an SS100. We are also pleased to present a collection of motorcycles and spare parts consigned to us from South Africa, featuring a ‘barn find’ 1939 Vincent HRG
    ‘Series A’ Rapide, the ‘Holy Grail’ of motorcycle finds. The collection features approximately fifty unrestored motorcycles with examples from Vincent, Norton, Triumph and Harley-Davidson, in addition to a multitude of hard-to-find spare parts, some still wrapped and boxed in their original packaging.

    Beyond the scope of these two important collections, this year’s sale is punctuated by a number of individual consignments worthy of note. Motion picture actor and well-known biker, Laurence Fishburne, has consigned to the sale an assortment of motorcycles from his collection, including his Ducati 916 from the movie /Fled/. Single owner consignments include a ‘time warp’ 1913 Flying Merkel Twin with original paint and a pre-war German production racer, the 1938 BMW R51SS. With a reputed dozen or so examples of the R51SS known to exist, this machine with its superb provenance and substantial history file, is a must for any serious collection of German racing machinery.

    Stuff to drool over: http://tinyurl.com/8edjb

    (No, I don't have anything to do with them.)
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  2. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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    :eek2 My thats nice...Just telling the wife i need a couple of Brough Superiors and another Black Shadow or 2. :lol3
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  3. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

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    Wow!, what an auction that will be. It'll be interesting to see how much some of those bikes and memorabillia go for.
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  4. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Oh, Lordy. I think I better go.....
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  5. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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  6. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I wonder if it's open to the public? I'd like to check that out. Only as a spectator though... That stuff looks a little pricey to me.
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  7. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Just remember not to move while you're there, the wrong move and you could end up owning a $70K bike :D
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  8. MakMan

    MakMan Been here awhile

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    Most auctions of that caliber require you to register as a potential bidder before being seated in the gallery. As long as you're not registered as a buyer you won't be able to bid in any event. I wouldn't think that'd be a problem. You can always check with the auctioneer beforehand.

    That's my $.02 and my experience with auctioneers and auction houses.
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  9. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero Antique Adventurer

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    These are by admission with a catalog.You can buy one for $.They also usually have a preview the night before.They are usually fun events just to see the doings.
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  10. Squidward

    Squidward At home in my jammies

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    "telling" the wife? They're going to be pricey.
    Try "selling" the wife. :rofl
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  11. Stephen

    Stephen Long timer

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    Good choice, that's beautiful.

    Something about a plunger, though, maybe because my first bike had one, maybe because it just makes nice lines:

    1939 Norton International

    No doubt your featherbed will ride better, though.

    Whew! Old bikes, damn. Gotta stay away from'em; I've even decided to sell my good old '72 Ducati 350.
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  12. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    You take the Munch Mammut and I'll take the Manx :deal
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