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brough alpine grand sports sets world record

World records under the auction hammer are not lasting long these days. A new benchmark has been set, the first to breach £300,000.

It happened at Bonhams high roller sale at its revamped Mayfair, London, HQ on Sunday 30 November. There a rather fabulous looking 1929 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports V-twin hit £315,100 including premium.

The previous record was set only the month before – £297,951 for the ex-Buddy Holly 1958 650 Ariel Cyclone, at Guernsey’s, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in a music memorabilia auction.

Bonhams’ well-heeled Mayfair clients stumped up 12.7m in total on Sunday for cars, two bikes and one aeroplane. The other bike, a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow Series C 1000 V-twin, made £63,100.

Top lot at the sale was a 1969 Porsche 908.02 Group 6 Racing sports prototype car ‘Flunder’ at £2,185,500. Various car marque records were set at high finance Mayfair knees up.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “We had a full auction room with bids also coming in from across the world for our annual Bond Street Sale. In only its second year, the auction achieved over 80 per cent sold, with a diverse selection that included veteran motor cars, 1980s supercars, Le Mans entrants, iconic motorcycles and even a 1930s aeroplane – it was an eclectic sale, but one full of interesting and important consignments.”


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