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brough helps boost sale to £1.3m

A 1932 Brough Superior Black Alpine led the way at the H&H Classics sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on Monday, fetching £120,750.

Overall, 312 bikes achieved a sell-through rate of 76% and grossed over £1.3m.

The sale also included a one-owner 1955 Vincent Black Knight. It was estimated to sell for £40,000 to £45,000 but made £46,000.

There were some real surprises at the sale. A Great Banbury Run bike – a 1928 Norton Model 16H – had been estimated to sell for £10,000 to £12,000 but took £24,150. A former show-winning bike that had been restored by John Guy in the mid-1990s, it boasted all correct numbers and its original registration. Dry stored with little use in the past few years, the Norton came with an extensive history file with photos, old tax discs and other related paperwork.

Another surprise was a 1939 Rudge Ulster which sold for £15,410.

Other highlights encompassed the collection of Douglas motorcycles which the late Motor Magazine journalist John Anstice-Brown, born in 1934, had amassed. Despite being in various states of disrepair, 10 of them were sold for £30,000. Among them, a 1927 SB27 Douglas combination barn-find sold for £12,095.

Also among the many interesting bikes to go under the hammer at this sale was a collection of 21 machines found tucked away in garages and garden sheds after its proud owner passed on. The Medway, Kent-based motorbike enthusiast managed to secrete all these motorbikes in his garage, garden shed and cellar, unknown to his family. Twenty of these bikes sold for £25,000.

Mark Bryan of H&H Classics Motorcycle Department said: “H&H is going from strength to strength with the museum sale proving to be a popular choice for people selling their bikes but also for the buyers. The sale made £1.3m with a strong 76% sold.”


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