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A 60-year-old fully-functioning "cutaway" BSA Gold Star motorcycle will be one of the stars of several collectible motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas later this week. The entire internals of the motorcycle, including the drive train and suspension are all visible as they work. It's living art for the mechanically fascinated! Built by BSA for the 1956 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London and restored by Harris Vincent Gallery. Records will fall. Read More
Budding polar explorers take note! In December 2011, this Toyota Tacoma set the world record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole – the Thomson Reuters team of Jason De Carteret and Kieron Bradley used it to cover 1,114 km (692 miles) in 39 hours and 54 minutes. The vehicle cost US$400,000 and many human lifetimes of experience to build. It will be sold to the highest bidder (no reserve) at Russo and Steele's 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Read More
Three motorcycles owned by actor Steve McQueen go to auction on January 8 and records will be broken. This article chronicles how former McQueen cars and bikes send enthusiasts into a bidding frenzy at auction. Read More
A fascinating and utterly unique piece of motorcycle history is about to go under the hammer on eBay, with less than two days remaining on its auction. Australian inventor Ian Drysdale, best known for his radical V8 sportsbikes, built the bizarre Dryvtech 2x2x2 motorcycle back in his post-university days in 1990. Not only does it feature hydraulic two wheel drive, it also uses hydraulic two wheel steering. With the auction set to start at AU$10,000, the 2x2x2 would be a bizarre and irreplaceable addition to any collection – or a really interesting ride for those brave enough to take it for a spin. Read More
Everyone knows what the original Batmobile was, right? It was the redesigned Lincoln Futura concept that Adam West drove in the 1966 Batman television series – or was it? It turns out that the earliest known officially licensed Batmobile was built in 1963 and is going to auction at Heritage Auctions next month after receiving extensive restoration. Read More
It says something that a watch made in 1932 keeps breaking world records, and the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch did just that today as it was knocked down by Sotheby’s Geneva for a record-breaking CHF 23.2 million (US$24 million). The Supercomplication, which also holds the Guinness record for the most complicated handmade pre-digital timepiece, was purchased by an anonymous buyer after 15 minutes of competition between five bidders. Read More
The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens sent into space during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 and the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission the following year are up for auction. The historic camera set, which was originally purchased over the counter, goes on the auction block on November 13 at the gallery of Boston-based RR Auction. Read More
Ferrari dominates the rare car market with 53 percent of the most valuable cars ever sold at auction, 30 cars in the top 50, 14 cars in the top 20 and nine of the top ten. This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km and 1969 Imola 500 km. It has since won concours events and is likely to become one the most expensive cars ever sold when it crosses the auction block next January in Scottsdale. Read More
The one liter V-twins from Brough Superior and Vincent are the world's two most sought-after motorcycles – that's a fact. Now two perfect examples will cross the block on the same day. The Alpine Grand Sports Brough will most likely become one of the top ten most expensive motorcycles. Read More
When it was announced earlier this month that a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard would be up for grabs at the Bonhams' History of Science auction in New York, we wondered whether the sale prices such artifacts have attracted in the past adequately reflects their value as landmark innovations. This sale looks to have bucked the trend in the most emphatic fashion, attracting a successful bid of US$905,000 and becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold. Read More
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