Second annual event achieves a very healthy 80% sell-through rate and a $1.13-million total
October 8th, 2019 – Birmingham, Alabama – Bonhams’ held its second annual auction of collectors’ motorcycles, hosted at the world-famous Barber Motorsports Museum, amidst a three-story gallery of participants on Saturday.
Crowded, lively and surrounded by the multi-level grandeur of the most impressive motorcycle museum in the world, Bonhams’ sale – produced in conjunction with the Barber Vintage Festival – was an event unto itself.
The exciting collection of Vincent motorcycles and accessories discovered last spring in a warehouse in the Midwest brought strong global interest. Bidding in person, online and on the telephones by persons on four continents saw the collection, which included Black Shadow, Egli and Comet models, plus Black Prince and Rapide projects, 100% sold.
In addition to the English Vincents, American motorcycles also commanded strong interest and brought robust results.  The exquisitely restored 1910 Flying Merkel Twin brought $100,000 while the original condition 1913 Thor Single made $51,750.
Other highlights included the ex-Bruce Brown 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross that sold for $18,400 and the uncommon and eccentric 1913 James 4¼ Combination that was bought for $27,600.
“We are absolutely delighted to return to the Barber Museum and to be a part of this spectacular Festival,” says Craig Mallery, Bonhams Motorcycle Specialist. “The crowd here was tremendous and we’re very proud of the lineup of motorcycles we brought to auction. We look forward to coming back here again next year, and seeing a lot of good friends in just a few months in Las Vegas.”
Bonhams’ next motorcycle sale in America will be the highly anticipated Las Vegas auction in January. Attracting buyers and sellers from around the globe, this annual weekend event is not to be missed. Consignments are now being sought and interested owners are encouraged to contact Bonhams as soon as possible at
For a full list of results from the sale at the Barber Museum, go to