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Bonhams Las Vegas auction adds 1951 Vincent White Shadow to all-time record price list

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1951 Vincent White Shadow, in Chinese Red. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.

Pre-auction estimates turned out to be a tad low for the top-selling lot at Bonhams’s Las Vegas motorcycle sale, held on January 7-8 at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino.  The “one of one” 1951 Vincent White Shadow in Chinese Red blew away its $300,000 projection to become the number-nine highest-selling motorcycle at auction, reaching a fee-inclusive price of $434,000. The bike also set a new record for the highest-selling Vincent Shadow at auction, and its new owner will be returning the bike to its roots in the British Isles.

1955 Vincent Black Prince

1955 Vincent Black Prince.

Vincents also took the next five highest bids on this auction’s list, with the 1955 Vincent Series C Black Prince selling for $164,500, followed by a 1948 Vincent Series B Black Shadow selling for $153,500 and a 1953 Series C Black Shadow selling for $142,500. Rounding out the top six motorcycles were a 1951 Series C Black Shadow, which sold for $137,000, and a 1954 Series C Black Shadow, which brought $126,000.

1938 Brough Superior

1938 Brough Superior SS80.

Two distinctly different bikes garnered the same final bidding price with a 1977 MV Augusta 750 S America (with only 41 miles on the odometer) and a 1938 Brough Superior SS80 with Matchless 990 BX overhead valve v-twin engine both closing their bids at $120,500.

1926 Henderson Four Deluxe

1926 Henderson Four Deluxe.

Some of the more interesting bikes we featured pre-auction were pulled or went unsold, including the 1926 Henderson Four and 1929 Indian Scout with Crocker overhead conversion, both of which did not sell.

1910 Royal Pioneer

1910 Royal Pioneer.

A few other bikes we discussed before the sale did go home with new owners. The 1910 Royal Pioneer was sold for $115,000, a 1922 Ace Four with sidecar sold for $103,500, and the ex-Steve McQueen 1963 Triumph Bonneville “desert sled,” painted by Von Dutch and modified by Bud Ekins, also sold for $103,500, a good bump from its 2009 auction sale price of $84,000.

1911 Triumph

1911 Triumph.

A rare 1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo with 500-cc side-valve engine did very well for its previous owner, selling for $13,225, and an unmolested original 1911 Triumph 3-1/2 hp 500 free wheel sold for $20,700.

Complete results from the Las Vegas auction are available at Bonhams’s next motorcycle sale will be at Stafford in April, and will feature the “Broughs of Bodwin Moor.” More information on those barn finds in the near future.