Big bucks at Bonhams
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.