Auctioned bike prices downright depressing
WHILE Monterey Car Week’s raft of auctions are primarily about cars, there’s always a smattering of top-class motorcycles going to auction.
With Mid-America auctions — America’s largest motorcycle auction house — recently becoming part of Mecum, many of Mecum’s lots featured legendary motorcycles.
Several of the major auction houses also included motorcycle lots in their catalogs, too. Auction sell-through rates were down on the car side of things, with spectacular exceptions for very special offerings, but all the motorcycle results were downright depressing, with many spectacular motorcycles being sold for well below estimate and many more not even attracting bids of half their estimate.
Gooding & Company sold one of the original 400 batch of the Ducati 750 SS for a worldrecord price, but there were no other motorcycle highlights in the entire five days of auctions.
This is both good and bad news for the enthusiast because some of the better motorcycles are clearly still available for sale and the next big round of motorcycle auctions isn’t until January in Las Vegas, so that knocking you hear, might be opportunity.
Estimated to sell for between $90 000 (R1,2 million) and $110 000, this 1929 BMW R63 attracted a highest bid of just $67 000 and is still available. The R63 is very rare, as it was produced in low volume and was the first 750cc overhead valve motorcycle BMW produced. In the company’s centenary year, it was an even more inexplicable result.