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vincents snapped up at Barber museum sale

A collection of Vincent motorcycles and accessories discovered last spring in a warehouse in the Midwest brought strong global interest at Bonhams’ auction held at the Barber Motorsport Museum in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday.

The collection, which included Black Shadow, Egli and Comet models, plus Black Prince and Rapide projects, was 100% sold, contributing towards a “very healthy 80% sell-through rate and a $1.13 million total”.
In addition to the English Vincents, American motorcycles were also reported to have commanded strong interest and brought robust results.  A restored 1910 Flying Merkel Twin brought $100,000 while the original condition 1913 Thor Single made $51,750.
Other highlights included the ex-Bruce Brown 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross that sold for $18,400 and the uncommon and eccentric 1913 James 4¼ combination that was bought for $27,600.
“We are absolutely delighted to return to the Barber Museum and to be a part of this spectacular Festival,” says Craig Mallery, Bonhams Motorcycle Specialist. “The crowd here was tremendous and we’re very proud of the lineup of motorcycles we brought to auction. We look forward to coming back here again next year, and seeing a lot of good friends in just a few months in Las Vegas.”



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