Big bucks at Bon­hams

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX -

The an­nual Spring Sale at the Stafford Show in UK saw an as­tound­ing £163,900 (AU$273,600) paid for a 1949 HRD Se­ries C White Shadow that had not seen the light of day for 40 years – al­most triple its pre-auc­tion es­ti­mate. An­other ma­chine to change hands for well over its ex­pected price was the ex­works Ve­lo­cette rid­den to back-to-back wins in the 1948 and 1949 Ju­nior TTs by 1949 World Cham­pion Fred­die Frith, which brought £135,900 (AU$226,500). An un­used and still-in-the-crate 1998 MV Agusta F4 750cc ‘Serie Oro’ brought £36,800 (AU$61,330), a 1926 Brough Su­pe­rior SS80/100 achieved £126,940 (AU$211,560). A set of Team Avon leathers worn by the late Mike Hail­wood at Bathurst in 1978 and at the 1979 Ade­laide Three Hour Race fetched £7,250 (AU$12,080) while the Ap­ple Com­puter leathers worn by Graeme Crosby in the 1983 Cas­trol Six Hour Race brought £2,750 (AU$4,580) for an Aus­tralian col­lec­tor. All prices in­clude com­mis­sion and buy­ers pre­mium. In­ter­est now shifts to Bon­hams Au­tumn Sale at Stafford on Oc­to­ber 15, with sev­eral in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tions al­ready con­signed.

ABOVE LEFT Crosby and Hail­wood leathers found new homes. ABOVE CEN­TRE 1949 World Cham­pi­onship win­ning KTT Ve­lo­cette. RIGHT $273,600 worth of Se­ries C White Shadow.

Still in the box. 1998 MV Agusta F4.

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