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Bonhams spring auction fetches £1.4m

Vincent Black Shadow tops the bill at 'Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors' auction

OVER £1.4 million worth of motorcycles were sold at Bonhams' spring auction at the International Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford yesterday.

The top-selling lot was a fully restored 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, which realised £113,500. The ex-works machine formed part of the factory’s unsuccessful bid to set a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry, France, in 1952, but the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph.

Among other auction highlights were a 1931 Brough Superior SS80 motorcycle won in a raffle more than 40 years ago (where tickets were sold for 5p!), sold for £57,500, and a 1914 Indian Model F once owned by Steve McQueen, sold to a European telephone bidder for £32,200. 

An eclectic selection of 30 machines owned by the late Clifford Jones - a number of 1950s ‘cafe racers’, as well as modern-day racing and superbike machinery including numerous Ducatis - sold for a combined £175,000. 

Two Akai Yamaha race helmets worn by the legendary Barry Sheene in the 1980s together fetched £10,000.

There were some real-world bargains too, such as a Ducati 916 Senna which went for £4,370 and a race Yamaha OW-01 for £8,625. Even the £32,775 for a Laverda SFC or £35,650 for a Yam TZ500J would seem quite reasonable if your numbers had come up over the weekend...

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