Barn Find Vincent to Head Bonhams Auction

June 17, 2010
Courtesy of Bonhams

Barn Find 1952 Vincent Rapide to be auctioned at Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.
Barn find 1952 Vincent Rapide to be auctioned at Bonhams Las Vegas motorcycle auction.

Bonhams celebrated its second motorcycle auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel this past month demonstrating the market’s strong interest in early machines with a total of 77 lots selling for more than $600,000.

Bonhams is no stranger to the two-wheeled market and sells, on average, more than $8 million worth of motorcycles annually around the globe. Its list of successful sales and world-record prices is renowned and includes motorbike-specific auctions such as Quail Lodge, the über-popular Stafford Show in England, the BMW Museum in Germany, and the former Legend of the Motorcycle in Half Moon Bay, not to mention mixed car/bike sales such as the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles.

Building on this vast experience and strength, Bonhams is now launching a new motorcycle-exclusive auction in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. The “Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction” will take place the afternoon of Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in the heart of the strip.

Leading the list of entries is a stunningly original 1952 Vincent Rapide in Chinese Red that has been untouched for nearly half a century. Discovered in Fresno, California – where it had been sold new by the local Fresno Indian dealer – the time capsule machine has 8500 original miles, matching numbers and California black license plate. Its auction estimate is $85,000-$100,000.

Over 200 classic motorbikes representing every era will be featured in the Las Vegas auction.

To consign a motorcycle or collection of motorcycles to this first annual sale, interested sellers may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail one of the following Bonhams motorcycle specialists:

* Nick Smith:
* David Edwards:
* Paul d’Orleans:
* Jamie
* Paul Duchene: