Auctions America Explores Classic Motorcycle Market Trends at Las Vegas Auction

| 12/7/2011 10:32:28 AM

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 Lee Hartung's 1913 Flying Merkel 
Lee Hartung's unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel sold for $201,250 at Auctions America's Hartung Collection auction Nov. 3-5, 2011. 

Auctions America Explores Classic Motorcycle Market Trends at Las Vegas Auction 

A group of the world’s leading experts in collectible motorcycles, including two members of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, will share their wisdom at an exclusive market seminar presented by Auctions America by RM its debut Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle event, Jan. 12–14, 2012. 

Hosted by well-known motorcycle guru and SPEED commentator Dave Despain, the one-hour seminar will be held in the main auction arena at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. PDT. A continuing part of Auctions America’s educational series, the panel discussion will focus on the passion that drives the motorcycle hobby, including the continuing popularity of motorcycles as collectibles, as well as explore market trends and predictions for the 2012 auction season. The session will conclude with an interactive Q&A with the audience. 

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Dave Despain and our special guest panelists to Vegas as we work to provide an unforgettable event experience for motorcycle enthusiasts,” says Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM. “Despain and each of our four panelists are among the best in their fields. The seminar promises an interesting and lively discussion, while providing a wealth of information about the collector motorcycle hobby. It’s a perfect way to launch our first Las Vegas motorcycle sale.” 

The panel includes:  
*Dave Despain, a 40-year broadcaster; Despain has been called the best-known TV personality in the history of motorcycling and is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame; 
*Mark Hoyer, lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and editor-in-chief of Cycle World magazine; 
*Doug Mitchel, regular Motorcycle Classics contributor and noted motorcycle photographer and author; Mitchel published his first book in 1994 and has since created more than 30 titles; 
*Buzz Walneck, founder of Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader and AMA Hall of Fame member; and 
*Joe Bortz, prominent classic car and vintage motorcycle collector; Bortz’s motorcycles have been featured in multiple magazines, including Motorcycle Classics.