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Recap and Comparison – Las Vegas Auctions 2019

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Going from Bonhams to Mecum is a little like taking the transatlantic Queen Mary II from Southampton and getting off in downtown Brooklyn. The distinguished English gentleman guides you through 128 auctions on Thursday, but Mecum has a squad of rapid-fire auctioneers who literally run through double that number each day Tuesday through Saturday.

The 1993 Ducati Supermono was a sportbike high at $115,000

  

The stadium atmosphere at Mecum where this 1925 BMW R37 fetched $220,000

If a lot doesn’t meet the reserve, Bonhams encourages further negotiation.

Neither the 2012 EBR 1190S nor Metrakit GP125 racebikes hit the reserve.

 

The 1987 Bimota DB1 SR went for $11,500, but no sale for the 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo.  Mecum’s CX with no reserve brought $6,600

 

The 1990 Magni-Guzzi Arturo sold for $10,925 at Bonhams, no Magnis at Mecum

The 1974 Laverda 750 SFC brought $30,000 at Bonhams, and a ’75 fetched $88,000 at Mecum.

Pretty hard to compare apples to apples when considering the two auctioneers.  Special models, choice years, condition, and provenance all have their say.  Bonhams had a few ex-Steve McQueen bikes, and a 1938 Triumph 5T Speed Twin went for many multiples of the very comparable non-McQueen example.  A mysterious lady bidder was intent on winning several of the choice sportbikes at Mecum, leading to a 1992 Honda NR750 which brought $181,500, and a never-started 1988 Honda RC30 which went to $121,000.  At both venues, the bona fide antiques did the really heavy lifting, showing that sportbikes are downright affordable, and most of the time you can actually ride them…

-donn

 

RC30 0 miles never started!

Posted by Rare SportBikes For Sale on Friday, January 25, 2019

 

Wow NR750!

Posted by Rare SportBikes For Sale on Friday, January 25, 2019

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Posted by Rare SportBikes For Sale on Friday, January 25, 2019

2 Comments

  • I watched the tv coverage and all the bikes I saw including the CX500 Turbo were all no reserve.
    Did I miss summat???

  • hi Jason, Mecum had a CX500 Turbo which was no reserve and brought $6,600, I’ll add that above.

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