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A preview of the Bonhams 7th annual Space History Sale

Bonhams auction house in New York is preparing for the seventh annual Space History auction where a vast and intriguing collection of space memorabilia will be offered for sale, including items flown on Apollo, Mercury, Gemini, and Soyuz along with components and souvenirs of a range of other manned and unmanned missions. A highlight of the auction will be a bevy of items belonging to Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, some of which flew with him in space and to the moon. Slated for 21 April, the auction will showcase over 350 rare objects and collectibles – there's even a real spacesuit or two up for grabs.Read More

Collectibles

Vincent Black Shadow & Linto 500 head H&H Classic Auctions bill

The British rare car and motorcycle auction season kicks off this week with H&H Classic Auctions' Imperial War Museum sale where several key lots are expected to provide a litmus test for the elite classic motorcycle market. Some choice vehicles on sale include a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicle (US$15,000–19,000), a matching numbers 1952 Vincent Black Shadow (£55,000–60,000, $80,000–88,000), a rare Linto 500 GP racer (£90,000–110,000, $130,000–160,000), a Ducati 750 Sport with NCR 750SS Desmo heads (£24,000–26,000, $35,000–38,000) plus a plethora of vintage racing bikes.Read More

Collectibles

Six "million dollar cars" sold at Bonhams' Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart auction

The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663).Read More

Collectibles

World Records galore at E.J. Cole Collection Motorcycle Auction

The E.J. Cole Collection auctioned on the weekend and the ramifications are as profound as we'd expected. The top two motorcycle prices ever fetched at auction were achieved, 28 bikes sold for more than US$100,000, 12 forced their way into the top 100, 32 forced their way into the top 250 motorcycles ever sold at auction, and American-made bikes are now statistically more valuable than British bikes.Read More

Collectibles

Amelia Island auctions: 23 cars sell for $1 million or more and a Ferrari 400 Superamerica makes the top 100 of all-time

Countless make and model records were broken at all three of the Amelia Island Concours elite collectible car auctions on the weekend, with a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet fetching US$6,380,000 and becoming one of the top 100 cars ever sold at auction, 23 cars selling for more than a million (RM-Sothebys 13, Gooding seven and Bonhams three), and $101 million worth of cars sold in three days. Testimony to the buoyancy of the market were the sell-through rates – Bonhams 78 percent, Gooding 89 percent and RM-Sotheby's 98 percent.Read More

Collectibles

Steve McQueen's Cyclone could become the third million dollar motorcycle

A Cyclone Board Track race going to auction next month seems to have all the boxes ticked to become just the third motorcycle in history to sell for more than a million dollars. Rarity? One of just six known to exist. Tick. Precedent? A similar bike set the world auction record in 2008. Tick. Technologically significant? The bevel-driven OHC V-twin was capable of 111 mph in 1911. Tick! Wildcard factor? Previously owned by the man with the midas touch, Steve McQueen. Tick, tick tick!Read More

Collectibles

Paris collectible car auctions: Barnfind Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sells for US$18.45 million

The world’s greatest ever barnfind, the Baillon Collection, went under the auctioneer's gavel this afternoon in Paris with most of the cars fetching in excess of their estimates, topped by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider which fetched US$18.45 million (a hammer price of €16.3 million) to become one of the top five most expensive cars ever to sell at auction. Read More

Motorcycles

Sons of guns: Winchester motorcycles return to the auction block

In 2013, one of only two Winchester motorcycles known to exist sold at auction for what was then a world record price of US$580,000. The other Winchester failed to meet reserve and was passed in with a high bid of $520,000. Our article on the Winchesters makes for interesting reading because it concludes that the American Gun marketplace is buoyant that the Winchester's gun provenance had elevated the value of the motorcycles beyond the normal motorcycle marketplace. Now the bikes have been entrusted to the world's foremost firearm auctioneers, James D. Julia, for sale in March. Records can be expected to fall.Read More

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