Bikes from the Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum assortment had been fashionable with bidders this previous weekend when Bonhams staged what it referred to as its “most successful motorcycle sale” as a part of its stay and on-line Bonhams Summer Sale at Bicester Heritage in England.
On the ultimate day of the sale, a 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix motorbike, ridden to the world championship and Isle of Man TT victory by Dario Ambrosini, set a document for the marque, promoting for £138,000 ($181,801), together with purchaser’s premium.
But two heaps later, that document was eclipsed by the 1964 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix bike that gained the Spanish Grand Prix below two-time world champion Tarquino Provini, promoting for £149,500 ($196,951).
Overall, the three-day public sale posted a 95 p.c sell-through price and complete gross sales of £3.67 million (practically $4.86 million). Bonhams reported greater than 1,200 registered bidders.
The public sale featured 200 primarily Italian post-war street and racing bikes from the museum of the late Giancarlo Morbidelli.
“We were very proud to have been entrusted with the sale of this stunning collection, carefully put together over 40 years by Giancarlo Morbidelli, which was a fitting tribute to this master of the motorcycling world,” mentioned Ben Walker, worldwide director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles division.
“Here was a unique opportunity for international motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts to bid for some truly special lots, and we were pleased that the collection received strong interest from across the globe. We’re also delighted that several lots will continue to be displayed publicly at various internationally acclaimed museums around the world.”
Top-10 gross sales, Bonhams Summer Sale, Bicester Heritage
- 1964 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix, $196,951
- 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix, $181,801
- c. 1963 Honda 250cc CR72 racer, $118,170
- 1935 Brough Superior 982cc SS80, $101,505
- 1974 MV Agusta 750S, $87,870
- 2016 Egli-Vincent 1,330cc by Godet, $83,325
- 1971 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow, $81,810
- 1937 Vincent-HRD 500cc Series-A Comet, $72,720
- 1976 Suzuki 750cc XR11 Formula 750, $68,175
- 1954 FB Mondial 175cc Bialbero racer, $60,600
(Prices embrace purchaser’s payment.)
Bonhams’ next motorcycle auctions are scheduled for October 10 on the Barber Museum in Alabama and for October 10-11 on the Staffordshire County Showground in England.