Bonhams Sale

Veteran Motorcycles Lead The Charge At Bonhams Multi-Million Pound Autumn Stafford Sale


The top lot of the sale, the 1914 Henderson 1,068cc Model C Four (£113,500)


Bonhams second Stafford sale of the year took place yesterday, 15 October, and saw an incredible 95% sold by both lot and value, achieving £2,752,416 overall. The collection of Speedway legend Ivan ‘Millennium Man’ Mauger achieved a well-deserved 100% sell-through rate, including the 1969 Jawa Model 890 Speedway Racing Motorcycle which achieved £18,400. The automobilia section achieved an astonishing 100% sell-through rate by both lot and value.

All 48 lots in the Mauger collection sold, ranging from World Championship-winning Speedway racing machines to pit boards and racing leathers. Bidders from across the world competed on the telephones, online and in the room to own a piece of motorcycling history, and the collection achieved more than £140,000, a portion of which will be generously donated by the Mauger family to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund. Highlights included the 1977 Speedway World Championship Final-winning 1977 Jawa DOHC Four-valve Speedway Racing Motorcycle (£17,250) and the 1971 Long Track World Final, 1971 Jawa Long Track Racing Motorcycle (£9,775)

1977 Speedway World Championship Final winning, 1977 Jawa DOHC Four-valve Speedway Racing Motorcycle (£17,250)


Some of the oldest machines in the sale were the strongest performers, with the outstandingly original 1914 Henderson 1,068cc Model C Four achieving £113,500 (£70,000 – 90,000), the 1911 Pierce 688cc Four selling for £107,900 (£80,000-120,000) to a bidder in the auction room and the 1912 Pierce 644cc Model 12 Single, which had been in single family ownership for 101 years, achieving £89,980 (£45,000-55,000).


Modern machines performed equally well, with the ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle selling for £101,180 to a telephone bidder.

Ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle (£101,180)


Elsewhere in the sale, estimates were consistently smashed with several machines selling for considerably more than double their pre-sale price guides. The 1932 Brough Superior 981cc SS80 De Luxe achieve £107,900 (£55,000-65,000) whilst the c. 1972 MV Agusta 750S achieved £84,380 (£50,000-60,000).


1932 Brough Superior 981cc SS80 De Luxe achieved £107,900


James Stensel, Head of Department UK, commented: ‘Sellers from across the globe continue to flock to Stafford, which remains the international hub for the sale of the world’s most important collectors’ motorcycles. Bonhams are the auction house of choice for significant one-owner collections, and no fewer than four were included in the auction, all of which performed strongly. This sale illustrates Bonhams continued market dominance, with an industry-leading percentage rate achieved by both lot and value.’


Other highlights included:

– 1950 Vincent 998cc Series-C Black Shadow sold for £79,900 (£70,000-100,000). A 1949 example achieved £70,940 (£50,000-60,000)

– c. 1978 MV Agusta 837cc Monza sold for £66,460 (£35,000-45,000)

– The ex-Bill Beevers 1955/56 Norton 500cc Manx Racing Motorcycle sold for £64,220 (£30,000-35,000)


Ben Walker, Global Head of Motorcycle Department, added: ‘Following the great success of the weekend’s sale, we are already looking forward to our next auction in Las Vegas in January.  A highlight of the sale will be the ex-Tony McAlpine, Jack Ehret, Australian Land Speed Record breaking, 4 owners from new, 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Lightning, and further entries are currently invited.’


Consignments are now invited for the Las Vegas Sale, taking place at the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, on 25 January. To discuss selling your important motorcycle, please fill out a complimentary auction appraisal form here

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