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April auctions busted out all over

April was a bumper month for UK bike auctions. The six lead sales netted £2.98m in total, selling 403 bikes. The average price per bike was £7400. This relatively high price was lifted by blue chip classics led by a Brough Superior at £253,500.

The three classic bike auctions in April (Bonhams, Cheffins and H&H) grossed £2.4m, selling 220 machines at an average price of £10,900.

The three modern bike auctions (BCA, Bawtry and West Coast) grossed £580,000, selling 183 machines at an average price of £3200.

In the car world the average price for a car sold at auction in April was £5150, reports the National Association of Motor Auctions. The number of cars sold was 109,271. These figures do not include classic car auctions.

Looking ahead: BCA’s bike sale at Peterborough on Friday 30 May includes machines from Black Horse Finance. West Coast runs on Tuesday 10 June, and Bawtry on Tuesday 17 June. On the classic front two sales collide on Saturday 7 June, Historics at Brooklands, Surrey, and Bonhams at Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxfordshire.

Auction action in the bike world has heated up recently with the entry of four serious new players. Historics and West Coast joined the game last year. This year has seen the successful debut of Anglia Car Auctions in March. And on Friday 11 July Coys of Kensington returns to the bike auction scene in style at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

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