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vincents steal the show at Vegas

Vincents took top money at the Las Vegas Bonhams auction on Thursday, 7 January. The sale was held in the ballroom of Bally’s Hotel and Casino on the famous Strip and was hailed by Bonhams as its most successful Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction to date, with over $4.8million sold.

The standout was the one-off 1951 Vincent Series C “White Shadow” in Chinese Red. After an exciting start from a host of bidders in the audience, a long and spirited match ensued between two bidders on the telephone, one in Australia and one in Great Britain. In the end, it was Britain winning the prize at a sum of $434,000 (£297,000) – a new world record for a Shadow model.

The subsequent five positions of the auction also went to Vincent machines, with the one-owner-from-new 1955 Vincent Series D Black Prince selling for $164,500; a 1948 Vincent Series B Black Shadow making $150,000; a 1953 Vincent Series C Black Shadow fetching $140,000; a 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow selling for $137,000; and a 1954 Vincent Series C Black Shadow achieving $125,000.

Other motorcycles that sold well were the 1977 MV Agusta 750 S America, with just 41 original miles, that made $120,500; a Brough Superior SS80 (fitted with a Matchless engine to SS100 specification) that was bought for $120,500; and the rare early American motorcycle, the 1910 Royal Pioneer, that was sold for $115,000.


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