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Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap

While I've known about the Mecum and Bohmans auctions in Las Vegas for several years now, this was my first chance to go. We found a great package for the Bellagio and decided to make a quick trip of the event. Unfortunately we were only able to make it to the Bonhams sale but as a first taste of live auction action, we were not disappointed. Not to mention they had dozens of bikes that fit the RSBFS niche. I've highlighted a handful below with some shaky videos and quick snapshots.

Many thanks to Nick and Jared at Bonhams who graciously gave me the nickel tour just minutes before the auction began. I look forward to returning someday soon as a registered bidder!


RSBFS notable sales:

This 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR, one Owner with 1,500 miles sold for just $36,000 before premium!

Here is a 1985 Honda VF1000R with 4 Miles that sold for $11,500 before premium.

And an RSBFS favorite, a 1985 Yamaha RD500LC with 1,279 Miles sold for $20,500 before premium.

But this 2003 MV Agusta F4 750 Series Oro with 0 miles didn't sell at $40k bid.

This 1984 Ducati 748cc TT1 Road Racer was a featured bike at Bonhams but failed to sell at $80k.

I was curious about this extensively upgraded 1997 Ducati 900SS/SP, which sold for $6,800 before premium. The description states there is a history files documenting $20k in work!

The MH900e market seems stable with this example showing under 5,000 miles and reaching a sale at $18,400 before premium.

This Laverda RGS1000 was bid up to $9k but did not sell.

I didn't get to see this one, but this Bimota YB8 Furano is shown as sold at $13,000 before premium.

I also wasn't able to see this Ducati 851 Tricolore with the race kit. It doesn't show a sale price. Did anyone catch what the final bid was?

Out of sheer curiosity, this Cagiva Gran Canyon sold for a mere $3,450 including premium. Nice buy!

For all the sale results, check out the results on the Bonhams website.

My snapshot gallery:


  • Nice job Dan. Thanks for all that you guys do!!!!!!!

  • It seems alot of the bikes did’nt reach the “pre sale value” a 1984 Ducati TT1 racer, 50 built this was 1 of 3 for endurance racing. Pre sale 125-150K. Sold for just under $41,000. A 1500 mile Desmo for 34K!!

  • Sorry I missed you Dan and spent the time at Mecams. It was a funny auction with 1000 bikes. Some great buys and some other bikes selling for 2-3 times what they were expected to bring. Apparently, they are doing it again in June. Great job on the photos.

  • I got the weird KTM 990 SD Lot # 341 for $ 3450 OTD
    Also……….. 2004 Yamaha MT 01 Lot # 164 and
    ……….1965 Parilla 250 cc Racer on cheap internet bid I forgot about.

    The poor bastid that sold the Duc Desmosedici only got about $ 31 k after 15% seller fee deducted.

  • Thanks for the cool report!

    • Great info.

  • Great pics and looks like a fun trip. That’s not an 851 SP3 though, it’s a Tricolore kit bike (which is what my Adamo started life as).

    • Thank you for the correction Adam! Post is now updated. -dc


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