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Bimota hits target at Paris sale

Cars were the main attraction at Bonhams’ grand auction at the Grand Palais, Paris, France on Thursday, 5 February, but bikes contributed to the coffers thanks to 32 sales from 48 offered, a 67 per cent conversion.

Italian bikes dominated, with 27 entries. Of the 16 sellers a 1974 Bimota HB1 powered by a 750 Honda-4 engine hit the top Italian spot at £47,696 including premium, meeting Bonhams’ ambitious estimate. The HB1 was Bimota’s first model, available in kit form only. This was kit 003 from nine produced.

A 1952 Vincent Black Shadow put the bike cast in the shade, however, taking centre stage at £61,876. Supporting turns were the Bimota, a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow at £38,672, and a 2013 Harley-Davidson (£34,375) which has dual Papal provenance having been in the custody of Popes Benedict  and Francis.

The 2103 Heritage Softail Classic near doubled top estimate, but didn’t repeat last year’s Grand Palais sensation when the same anonymous telephone bidder paid £200,143 for a Pope Francis blessed Harley. In both cases the proceeds went to charities.

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