31st Annual Return of World’s Largest Motorcycle Auction Achieves 93% Sell-Through
Walworth, Wis. – Feb. 2, 2022 – With January 2022 now in the rearview, Mecum Auctions has once again put its official stamp of unparalleled success into the record books with total sales from the world’s largest collector car auction and the world’s largest motorcycle auction reaching a combined total of $239 million. Mecum Kissimmee 2022—held Jan. 6-16 in Florida—saw nearly 3,000 vehicles change hands for $217 million in overall sales, while Mecum’s 31st Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction—held in Las Vegas this past weekend—continued the auction house’s long line of highly successful events, reaching $22 million in sales for a 21% increase over last year’s Las Vegas motorcycle auction. In all, 1,221 motorcycles were sold of the 1,310 offered in Las Vegas for an outstanding sell-through rate of more than 93%. With the excellent results achieved in both Kissimmee and Las Vegas reaching a cumulative total of $239 million, January 2022 stands as the company’s highest-grossing month in its 35-year history.
All of the top 10 sellers at the Las Vegas auction achieved impressive six-figure sale prices with a 1938 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S112) leading the pack at $236,500. The iconic motorcycle boasted a professional restoration and resulting awards including People’s Choice from the San Jose Clubman Show and Best of Show at El Camino. Runner-up among Vegas top sales was a celebrated 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C (Lot F195.1) that sold for $231,000. A 1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder (Lot S58) and a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot F192) tied for the third and fourth seat among top sales bringing $203,500 each, followed by a 1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin (Lot T12), three Indian Four Cylinders (Lots F153, S151 and S152), another Knucklehead (Lot S150) and a 1931 Henderson Four Cylinder (Lot F195).
Private collections were well received at the auction with the headlining Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection achieving more than $4.1 million in sales and The Bob & Dolva Mitchell Collection selling in its entirety and seeing its 14 motorcycles bring an aggregate $1.3 million. The desirable five-bike offering from Dr. J. Craig Venter also sold in its entirety for a total of $821,700. The Brown Family Collection achieved $911,350 overall, and The Robert Richardson Collection saw 12 of its cycles hammer sold for a total of $444,400.
Road Art also found great success in Vegas with $553,342 in total sales achieved and top-selling lots including a handful of bronze sculptures by celebrated artist Jeff Decker. A life-sized rendering of Joe Petrali (Lot S179) sold for $88,500, while his work titled “Neck and Neck with Death” (Lot Z534) brought $67,260. Decker’s “Harley-Davidson Bronze Bullet Sidecar” statue (Lot Z539) came in as Road Art’s third highest seller at $47,200.
The complete top 10 motorcycle sales at Mecum Las Vegas 2022 include:
For access to complete auction results, sign up for a free MyMecum account at Mecum.com. Watch an encore presentation of the Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auction anytime on MotorTrend+. Mecum’s Glendale 2022 auction at State Farm Stadium in Arizona is next on the company’s live auction schedule. Slated for March 16-19, the still-growing auction is expected to feature 1,500 collector cars and approximately 100 vintage and antique motorcycles on offer along with a large and impressive selection of large-scale, authentic neon signs. To consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all future Mecum auction events, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.
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