Strong per­for­mances across the board at re­cent Mid­lands auc­tion

Classic Bike (UK) - - Classic World -

H and H’s sale at Don­ing­ton on Fe­bru­ary 22 was cer­tainly a suc­cess story for the War­ring­ton-based auc­tion house, with 64 of the 72 mo­tor­cy­cle lots sell­ing – most at or above es­ti­mate. And, while the star lot – a 1939 Brough Su­pe­rior SS80 – failed to sell, a fine sup­port­ing cast of qual­ity clas­sics more than made up for that.

Top seller of the 64 bikes that found new own­ers on the day was a lovely 1968 Ve­lo­cette Thrux­ton. Of­fered with no re­serve, the me­chan­i­cally orig­i­nal bike, which had been owned by the ven­dor since 1973, made £24,295 – thought to be a recor with repa 5327

But the Velo wasn’t the only ma­chine to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions. A charm­ing 1913 Royal En­field 750cc com­bi­na­tion with an es­ti­mated of £10,000-12,000 – com­plete with Pi­o­neer cer­tifi­cate, though in need of recom­mis­sion­ing – made £19,040. And, al­most as ex­pected, the re­lent­less rise of Vin­cent Comets showed no sign of abat­ing, with an ex­ten­sively re­stored 1952 ex­am­ple eclips­ing its (per­haps con­ser­va­tive) es­ti­mate of £15,000-18,000 to sell for £22,400.

Other lots to sell at prices well over es­ti­mate in­cluded a 1930 Nor­ton Model 30M Manx (es­ti­mate £12,000-13,000) that sold for L18,032 and a.c. 1929 Hum­ber 350cc, which beat its top es­ti­mate of L6 0 00 to make l9968. Over­all, 29 lots made o ver top es­ti­mate in the sale

1968 Ve­lo­cette Thrux­ton made £24,295

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