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Bonhams celebrates biggest bike auction ever

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BONHAMS saw its most successful motorcycle auction ever last weekend when more than $2.6 million-worth of bikes went under the hammer.

The headlining bike of the Las Vegas event, a 1939 supercharged BMW Kompressor, made $480,000, while another racing BMW – a 1954 sidecar outfit – managed $167,800.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Bonhams auction without a Vincent Black Shadow, and the Vegas bike reached $134,800.

More within reach to mere mortals were machines including a rare Bimota BB1 supermono, reaching £10,925, while a very cool Roland Sands Design Super Single – a road racer based on a Yamaha YZ450F motocrosser – made only $3,450.

Weirdest bike of the day had to be the 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Turbo Vetter Mystery Ship, one of only 10 Mystery Ships made, only two of which were turbocharged. This one was effectively brand new; with just 2 miles on the clock, it's never been ridden. Ugly it might be, but there can be few better attention-grabbers for $20,125.

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