ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS TO AUCTION CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS
GUERNSEY’S TO CONDUCT HOUSTON EVENT OCTOBER 12
Orange County Choppers, the most famous maker of extraordinary, one of a kind motorcycles – “choppers” has just revealed a spectacular Texas Strong bike that will be sold at auction on October 12 in Houston. NYC-based Guernsey’s will be conducting the event with auction proceeds going to support the Peace of Mind Foundation and those whose mental health has been severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The 6 pm auction will be held live at Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Fwy. Bidders unable to attend can participate on LiveAuctioneers.com.
Under the guidance of Paul Teutul, Sr., the exploits of OCC became a sensation for nearly a decade, effectively creating the world of reality television. Week after week, the shop produced one outrageous themed creation after another, pushing the boundaries of motorcycle design. This latest gesture reflects the giving nature OCC has always exhibited as their choppers frequently have been used to support worthy charitable causes.
Sporting the “Texas Strong” banner, this long, lean custom chopper features powerful red, white and blue regalia. The 124”, twin cam, six speed bike has a tricked-out rear fender, syringe exhaust, unique gas tank and many other one-off features.
Gallery Furniture – the setting for the event – and the McIngvale family have been pillars of community support during the difficult times following Harvey. Indeed, Gallery opened its doors to provide food and shelter to those in greatest need during the darkest days. Now, one lucky successful bidder will revel in owning as extraordinary a motorcycle as this one, taking comfort in knowing that the event’s proceeds will be going towards continuing support of those who need the help most.
Years ago, Guernsey’s worked with OCC to support the Fallen Heroes Fund, and is delighted to be assisting Orange County Choppers, Gallery Furniture and the Peace of Mind Foundation in this much needed effort. The Rosen Group will be assisting on this compelling project by helping to spread the word to a global audience. Bidders needing additional information should contact the auction house at 212-794-2280.
Three-Day Auction Achieves 83 Percent Sell-Through and $7,277,820 in Total Sales
WALWORTH, Wis. – Jan. 13, 2015 – The 24th Annual Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction was an excellent way to kick off the New Year with a record-setting 714 vintage and antique motorcycles crossing the auction block in just three days, Jan. 8-10. An enormous 83 percent sell-through rate was achieved as 590 motorcycles hammered sold for $7,277,820 in total sales.
“As it has consistently done for the past 23 years, the Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction again set the market tone for collectible motorcycles in 2015,” states Motorcycle Division President Ron Christenson. “With collectors and enthusiasts from all 50 states and 19 countries in attendance, auction sales in Las Vegas serve as an accurate reflection of country-wide and even world-wide demand for these collector motorcycles.”
British motorcycles were once again sought after collectibles with BSA, Triumph, Matchless and Vincent models bringing $25,000 to $135,000. Numerous individual collections were offered as well with excellent results. “What we are seeing is the trend of sellers bringing their entire motorcycle collection to auction as a featured group,” Christenson describes. “We had 17 separate motorcycle collections totaling 277 motorcycles offered for auction. There seems to be a special excitement among buyers when a collector offers all of their motorcycles at one auction, and sales reflect that enthusiasm.”
Top sales honors were claimed by a 1952 Vincent C Rapide (Lot S59) from the Sinless Cycles LLC Collection. Hammering for an impressive $132,500, this four-speed V-Twin presented in original condition with less than 10,000 miles on the clock and just three owners from new. Achieving a high bid of $87,500, a meticulously restored original 1918 Henderson four-cylinder (Lot F85) came in as the second-highest sale of the three-day auction followed by a 1927 BMW R47 Racer (Lot F131) and a 1933 Matchless Silverhawk (Lot S120) that each gaveled at an even $80,000.
The complete top 10 sales list from the Las Vegas auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
- 1952 Vincent C Rapide (Lot S59) at $132,500
- 1918 Henderson 4 Cylinder (Lot F85) at $87,500
- 1927 BMW R47 Racer (Lot F131) at $80,000
- 1933 Matchless Silverhawk (Lot S120) at $80,000
- 1923 Hirsch Berlin (Lot F66) at $76,000
- 1929 Indian Ace Four (Lot S171) at $75,000
- 1940 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot S113) at $75,000
- 1911 Harley-Davidson 7A Single (Lot S115) at $70,000
- 1914 Thor 14A (Lot S64) at $70,000
- 1903 Rex Belt Drive (Lot F70) at $66,000
For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, signup for the free InfoNet service offered at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s next antique motorcycle auction will be the E.J. Cole Collection March 20-21 at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. Touted as 50 years’ worth of collecting American Motorcycle Treasure, the impressive lineup includes more than 200 vintage and antique motorcycles dominated by Harley-Davidsons and Indians. April 12 will see the return of Mecum’s Houston Motorcycle auction at the NRG Center. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a motorcycle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 28 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
WALWORTH, Wis. – April 18, 2014 –Mecum presented MidAmerica Motorcycles in Houston this past Sunday immediately following its classic and collector car auction and achieved outstanding results in just a four-hour time span. The motorcycle-exclusive auction featured a total offering of 174 vintage and antique motorcycles, 125 of which successfully hammered sold.
The audience was composed of both car collectors discovering the value and appeal of vintage motorcycles, as well as seasoned motorcycle collectors worldwide who have been “chasing” these machines for years. Bidders from across the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Italy and Canada competed in person, on the internet and via live phone bidding for the wide range of motorcycles available, including the more than 100 from the Mike Doyle Museum Collection.
“It was great fun watching veteran vintage motorcycle collectors bid alongside a crowd that traditionally chases collector cars,” commented President of Mecum’s MidAmerica Motorcycle Division Ron Christenson. “Dana and I had a lot of questions going into this back-to-back auction event, above all ‘Is it going to work?’ Well the bikes certainly captured the attention of the car collectors and the motorcycle collectors never lost a beat; so it worked. It really worked.”
The auction’s top sale came in the form of a 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow. Gaveling at $105,000, the motorcycle presented as a high-quality example of an already desirable model. Other significant sales included a 1928 Henderson Deluxe Four Cylinder, a 1984 Honda RS750 and a 1914 Indian Twin.
Here’s the top 10 list for the Houston Motorcycle auction:
- 1949 Vincent HRD Black Shadow (Lot U72) at $105,000
- 1928 Henderson K-Deluxe (Lot U65) at $62,000
- 1926 Harley-Davidson JDH-8 Valve Board Track Racer (Lot U81) at $57,000
- 1941 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot U84) at $55,000
- 1942 Indian 841 Military (Lot U67) at $45,000
- 1984 Honda RS750 (Lot U166) at $39,000
- 1914 Indian F-Head Twin (Lot U66) at $33,000
- 1939 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot U82) at $30,000
- 1952 Vincent Comet (Lot U73) at $29,000
- 1949 Norton Manx (Lot U75) at $26,000
Mecum’s next MidAmerica motorcycle auction will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., July 27. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
Popecycle Sells For Big Bucks
The Harley Dyna Super Glide presented to Pope Francis last June as part of H-D’s 110th celebration sold for €241,500 (approx. $328,495 US) at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris today. Also up for bid was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket which fetched €57,500 (approx. $78,213 US) at the sale. The items elicited 6 minutes of spirited bidding with the winning bid for the motorcycle coming from a telephone bidder. Proceeds from the sale of the Pope’s motorcycle items, which he signed, will go towards renovating the Caritas Roma’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen which is based at Rome’s Termini railway station.
Ben Walker, head of motorcycle auctions at Bonhams, stated: “I am thrilled with the result achieved and am very pleased for the charity. It has to be a world record for a twenty-first century Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather jacket.” Caritas Roma’s director Enrico Feroci said “We are delighted with the results of the sale, which far exceeded any of our expectations. “We would like to thank Bonhams for their professionalism with handling the motorcycle and for all their efforts in helping us to achieve such an amazing result.”
Photo: L’Osservatore Romano
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