Ex-Ed LaBelle 1952 Black Shadow racer and drag bike to sell at Bonhams. Photo courtesy Bonhams.
Auction houses Bonhams and Mecum are finalizing offerings at their respective annual Las Vegas classic motorcycle auctions. Bonhams will hold its one-day auction Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Bally’s Hotel & Casino while Mecum will continue the three-day auction extravaganza established by MidAmerica Auction (Mecum acquired MidAmerica in 2013) when it holds the 25th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Jan. 7-9, 2016, at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall.
Bonhams will have approximately 250 lots on offer during its one-day sale on Thursday, Jan. 7. Highlights include a 1922 Ace Four with sidecar (sale estimate $90,000-$110,000), a 1926 Henderson Four Deluxe (sale estimate $65,000-$85,000), an ex-Ed LaBelle 1952 Vincent Black Shadow special road racer and drag bike (sale estimate $200,000-$240,000), and an ex-Steve McQueen 1963 Triumph Bonneville desert sled modified by Bud Ekins and painted by Von Dutch (sale estimate $50,000-$60,000).
1922 Ace Four to sell at Bonhams. Photo courtesy Bonhams.
Mecum will have 700-plus lots on offer during its three-day sale Jan. 7-9. The Thursday night dinner auction will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by two full days on Friday and Saturday. Highlights include a 1912 Henderson Four last registered in South America in 1937, a 1926 Harley-Davidson board track racer equipped with a 1928 21ci twin port single race engine in the original, unrestored 1926 short frame, a first-year 1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL and the lowest serial number Sportster known to exist (57XL1010), and a 1986 Suzuki RG/RS500 Gamma 94hp 500cc 2-stroke square-four, a bike never sold in the U.S.
1926 Henderson Four Deluxe to sell at Bonhams. Photo courtesy Bonhams.
Ex-Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville desert sled to sell at Bonhams. Photo courtesy Bonhams.
1926 Harley-Davidson board track racer to sell at Mecum. Photo courtesy Mecum.
1912 Henderson Four to sell at Mecum. Photo courtesy Mecum.
1957 Harley-Davidson Sportster to sell at Mecum. Photo courtesy Mecum.
1986 Suzuki RG/RS500 Gamma to sell at Mecum. Photo courtesy Mecum.