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Mike Hanlon

Music

John Lennon's "She Loves You" guitar fetches $2.41 million

After being lost for more than 50 years, John Lennon's Gibson J-160E guitar sold for $2.41 million on Saturday November 7, 2015 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, becoming the second most valuable guitar ever sold. It's the guitar Lennon used alongside Paul McCartney in writing and recording She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please, Please, Me and All My Loving. As the most expensive performance-played guitar, it displaces the Fender Stratocaster with which Bob Dylan delivered his famous "electric" performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival which sold for $965,000 in December, 2013. At the same auction, a set of fellow-Beatle Ringo Starr's drums fetched $2.1 million to become the most valuable drum kit ever sold, and between the two lots, many auction records were broken. Rare guitars are fast gaining legitimacy as triple platinum investments.Read More

Motorcycles

Spirit Charger Concept SC 01 portends the future of Kawasaki's H2 and H2R motorcycle line

Kawasaki gave us a potential glimpse of the future of it's supercharged product line-up at the Tokyo Motor Show when President Kenji Tomida showed a sketch of Concept SC 01 (SC stands for “Spirit Charger”), which uses softer lines and more luxurious materials than the hard-edged and spartan styling of the 200 hp Ninja H2 and 300 hp H2R. At the same time, Kawasaki showed a newly-developed version of it's supercharged engine which uses electronically-controlled flaps at the supercharger entrance aimed at increasing efficiency and fuel economy.Read More

Motorcycles

Yamaha's 850cc sports three-wheeler MWT-9 concept

Tilting three-wheeled motorcycles look like going mainstream with the showing by Yamaha of a sporting MWT-9 concept at it's press conference at the opening of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show today. The three-cylinder 850 cm3 MWT-9 concept is described as a "cornering master" and the indications are that it is likely to extend the existing three-wheeled 125 cm3 Tricity scooter into an entire family of three-wheelers.
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Motorcycles

Bonhams sells the two most valuable basketcases in history – US$400,000 and $365,000

The strength of the English motorcycle collecting world was on display this week in the United Kingdom, when Bonhams' Stafford Autumn Sale weekend realized GBP£3.6 million, becoming the biggest (highest grossing) motorcycle sale ever seen in Europe. The most discussion regarding the sale was not the beautifully restored top-selling motorcycles but three "basketcases" that sold in the top six lots for US$400,039, $365,454 and $144,113 respectively (a 1934 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP Project) – three of the four most valuable basketcases in history.Read More

Automotive

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB sells for $10 million

Earlier this week a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) Berlinetta (chassis 1995 GT – one just 167 ever built), sold for £7,392,000 (US$11,439,774), becoming just the 26th car in history to sell for beyond seven figures. The 55 year old red V12 Ferrari had been donated by the late Richard Colton, a Ferrari collector, to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (UK). Read on for full details of this new inductee into the de facto auction car "hall of fame" plus pics and auction links to all 26 cars. Read More

Motorcycles

October collectible motorcycle auction preview

Five separate auctions over the next week will see one of the greatest assortments of elite collectible motorcycles ever assembled go under the auctioneer's hammer, including a 1937 Brough Superior SS100 expected to fetch more than US$300,000 and a rare 1956 BMW Rennsport RS500 Type 256

expected to top US$250,000.Read More

Collectibles

More famous cars and bikes up for auction

Several culturally significant cars and motorcycles from the sixties and seventies are going to auction in the near future: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche 356, Steve’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala from American Graffiti, "Black Beauty" from The Green Hornet, Evel Knievel's Harley-Davidson Stratocycle, the Triumph motorcycle ridden by the Fonz in the TV sitcom Happy Days, and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s Triumph "Sunset Tripper" from The Song Remains The Same.Read More

Collectibles

New Zealand motorcycle auction could start a second Gold Rush

A New Zealand motorcycle auction this weekend is worthy of the attention of motorcycle collectors worldwide. The sale of a number of important motorcycles and the current NZD-USD exchange rate means there are bargains to be had. Included in the sale are: six rare Bultaco road racing machines including the bike used by Ginger Malloy to finish second in the 1970 World 500cc Championships (estimated US$47,500 to $54,000); a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow ($57,000 to $70,000); a 1974 Ducati 750 Sport ($45,000 to $55,000); a 1975 MV Agusta 750S ($57,000 to $63,000), a 1959 Manx Norton 500 ($38,000 to $50,000); a 1971 Norton Commando 750 Production Racer ($22,000 to $28,000); a 1979 Ducati 900SS NCR F1 ($54,000 to $70,000); a 1974 Benelli 750 Six ($11,500 to $16,000), a 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000 ($11,000 to $17,000) and a 1969 Honda CB750 with sandcast cases ($17,000 to $22,000).Read More

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