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steve mcqueen and james may bikes at bumper stafford

Just a reminder – we’ve carried a few reports promoting the show – that two private collections of rare classic motorcycles, along with machines owned by Steve McQueen and James May, are among the lots set to go under the hammer this weekend at Staffordshire County Showground.
 
Bonhams says the annual auction is set to be one of the biggest ever, with the introduction of a second sales day to accommodate the more than 230 bikes which have been consigned.
 
Motorcycle expert and editor of The Classic MotorCycle magazine James Robinson said: “I’ve attended Bonhams’ Stafford auctions for several years, and I can’t remember a more varied and more intriguing collection.
 
“Unrestored treasures, pristine examples, celebrity-owned machines, and impressive private collections… this one has everything. It’ll be an exciting couple of afternoons in the auction hall.”
 
A set of 60, mainly American, bikes will be sold in a special event on Saturday, 17 October, and includes a 1910 Pierce Four and a 1930 Indian which are expected to fetch around £70,000 and £45,000 respectively.
 
The main Stafford Autumn Sale takes place the next day, with a recently confirmed haul of 45 barn-find motorcycles from the collection of the late John Keeley taking the total number of lots past 200.
 
Potentially stealing the show will be an Earls Court Motorcycle Show 1936 Brough Superior, which is expected to fetch in the region of £225,000.
 
A dismantled 1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport is also offered for restoration at £120,000-£160,000. A complete 1929 example sold at auction last year for a staggering £315,100.
 
Another lot sure to attract fevered bidding is 1935 Indian, formerly owned by King of Cool Steve McQueen, with an estimate offered of £55,000-£65,000.
 

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