1969 Velocette Top-Seller at Bonhams’ Auction

November 20, 2008
Courtesy of Bonhams
1969 Velocette Venom Thruxton
This 1969 Velocette Venom Thruxton grabbed top price among the motorcycles at Bonhams Motoring Sale.

Bonhams Motoring Sale in Harrogate
Makes Over £1-Million

An audience of over 1,500 people witnessed a virtual sell-out of the 532 Lots of motor cars, motorcycles and automobilia auctioned by Bonhams in Harrogate yesterday (19 November 2008). Five hundred people registered to bid from around the world resulting in 95% of the Lots finding buyers and a sale total of £1,041,348.

Eighty-three out of 87 motor cars found new owners and top price of the day was £63,100 for a magnificent 1921 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost Saloon, which had been expected to fetch £40,000-50,000. A 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine, once owned by Lord Beaverbook and the Manchester-based architect Joseph Sunlight, fetched the second highest price – £49,900 – double its high pre-sale estimate.

Top motorcycle price was £13,800 for a 1969 Velocette 499cc Venom Thruxton and the highest price for an item of automobilia was £1,380 for an Austin J40 pedal car, complete with headlamps.

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