Records tum­ble fol­low­ing tense bid­ding bat­tles at one of the year’s big­gest sales

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Record-break­ing prices and some pleas­ingly hon­est bar­gains

Bon­hams’ de­ci­sion to run its flag­ship spring Stafford sale over two days rather than the tra­di­tional sin­gle-day event was roy­ally vin­di­cated as a week­end of sale room ac­tion pro­duced stel­lar re­sults. The bare fig­ures are im­pres­sive on their own. A to­tal sale of £3,376,045, with 92% of en­tries sold and world record sale prices at auc­tion for two mod­els. But the de­tail is even more so.

Top per­form­ing lot was the won­der­ful 1931 Brough Su­pe­rior SS100 we pre­viewed in our April is­sue. The bike made £264,700, well above its pre-sale es­ti­mate of £170,000-220,000, af­ter a tense bid­ding bat­tle. It sold to a bid­der in the room and the three char­i­ties to whom the ven­dor had pledged the pro­ceeds of the sale – The Search and Res­cue Dog As­so­ci­a­tion, the RNLI and the Sal­va­tion Army – must have been de­lighted.

Those model records went to a 1970 Cly­mer-münch Mam­moth, which made £154,940, and a 1973 MV Agusta 750S that sold for £96,700. Both bikes were from the Mik­los Sala­mon col­lec­tion, which all sold.

So too, did the other sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of­fered over the week­end. The Tan House lots went un­der the ham­mer on Satur­day and among many high­lights from the 61-strong col­lec­tion was a won­der­ful circa-1913 In­dian 7hp Big Twin com­bi­na­tion that made £28,750 (es­ti­mate £16,000-22,000). The col­lec­tion’s circa-1913 Match­less 8hp oblit­er­ated its pre-sale es­ti­mate of £10,000-14,000 when the bike – an ear­lier restora­tion of this rare model – sold for £16,100.

Sun­day’s sale fea­tured a num­ber of restora­tion projects as usual – but there was noth­ing or­di­nary about the 1974 Du­cati 750SS project. Raced by its orig­i­nal owner be­fore be­ing sold to the ven­dor in 1979, it has been off the road since the end of that year. De­spite need­ing an en­gine re­build, this has to be one of the most orig­i­nal 750SS mod­els to come to the mar­ket re­cently. But even so, its sale price of £106,780 against an es­ti­mate of £30,000-40,000 was quite re­mark­able.

Cer­tainly, Bon­hams was de­lighted. “I think it’s prob­a­bly been our best-ever Stafford sale,” said mo­tor­cy­cle spe­cial­ist Bill To. The auc­tion house will have to work hard to bet­ter this re­sult in Oc­to­ber.

1970 Cly­mer-műnch Mam­moth made a mighty £154,940 inc pre­mium

BE­LOW: MV Agusta from Mik­los Sala­mon col­lec­tion: a record­breaker at £96,700

RIGHT: 1913 In­dian Big Twin com­bi­na­tion needed work but fetched £28,750

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