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October's Magnificent Seven auctions

September was a busy month for auctions, but October is even busier with seven major bike sales and the promise of the biggest monthly take at auction in 2016.

Bonhams takes centre stage in financial terms at the Classic Mechanics Stafford Show (16 October, Stafford Showground) with a stupendous line-up of machines. Last year this sale covered two days and set the classic bike auction world abuzz, exceeding £3.6m. This double sale resulted in the highest ever take at a UK bikes only auction.

H&H kicks the month off by offering a choice selection of two-wheel classics at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday 12 October, followed by four-wheel classics. Last year at this sale H&H scored its best ever volume result, selling 77 bikes from 99 offered.

On Saturday 15 October at Sutton, Cambridgeshire, Cheffins brings bikes to the table as part of a huge agricultural sale. On the same day Anglia Car Auctions holds a bikes only sale at King’s Lynn, Norfolk. ACA is a relative newcomer, holding its first bikes-only auction in 2014 and doing well on its debut.

Motor Auction Group (formerly Bawtry Motor Auction) underwent a makeover earlier this year and relocated to Doncaster. MAG holds a bikes-only sale every month, often with more than 100 machines on offer. Tuesday 18 October is your date to view a wide selection of moderns at this trade dominated sale.

Edmonds Auctions brings motorcycles and cars to the rostrum on Saturday 22 October at Allington, Wiltshire. And on 28 October, British Car Auctions holds its regular last Friday of the month sale at its permanent Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, site, concentrating on modern machinery and attracting a mix of trade and private buyers.

At the time of writing the auction houses were still taking entries, thus BDN cannot say how many bikes will be up for auction as these main sales, plus the handful of minor sales in October. But it will be well over 500.

Four of the above listed main sales are being held in East Anglia giving dealers from this area a head start for buying in stock.

Pictured is a traditional and desirable overhead camshaft 1940 Velocette KSS 350 is one of the highlight machines at H&H’s Duxford sale. Estimate £10,000-£12,000.


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