Auctions America at Barber Vintage Festival and Las Vegas

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1915 Harley-Davidson 11J “Electric” will be auctioned at Auction America’s Barber Vintage Festival auction, October 8. It’s estimated to fetch $65,000-$75,000.

Following its successful debut motorcycle offering in Auburn, Ind., earlier this month, Auctions America by RM is preparing two new dedicated motorcycle sales – an auction at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Ala., October 8 and its all-new Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction, January 12 – 14, 2012 in Nevada.

The two new sales are part of the company’s growing calendar of world-class vintage motorcycle events and auctions, having launched a vintage motorcycle division earlier this year to complement its collector car offerings and cater for client interests and requests.

“Despite fluctuations in the economic sector, the collector motorcycle market remains vibrant”, says vintage motorcycle market expert Glenn Bator, head of Auctions America’s vintage motorcycle division. “Like quality collector cars, great bikes are continuing to attract great prices at auction and remain a popular ‘alternative investment’ for collectors and enthusiasts, with the added value of being able to see, ride and enjoy them.”

The October 8 Barber Motorcycle Auction continues the tradition of an auction at the Barber Vintage Festival, which is going into its seventh year. Some 150 classic two wheelers are expected to cross the podium during the Saturday afternoon sale, catering for a diverse range of tastes and budgets. Notable sale entries include: a restored, well-documented 1956 Triton 650cc T120R, a beautiful example of an original Triton Cafe Racer (estimated to sell for $25,000 – $30,000); a highly sought-after, expertly-restored 1915 Harley-Davidson V-Twin Electric, the first year for Harley-Davidson’s all electric lights and three-speed transmission (estimated to sell for $65,000 – $75,000); and a beautiful 1926 Ace 1,000cc motorcycle, one of the most elegant of all early American motorcycles (estimated to sell for $75,000 – $85,000).

“The Barber Vintage Festival is one of the country’s premier motorcycle events and a wonderful showcase and celebration of the hobby. We’re excited to be working with the Barber Festival team and pleased with the diverse offering of bikes assembled for the sale. For collectors looking to join the roster and consign their bikes to the auction, a few limited consignment opportunities are still available,” Bator adds.

Auctions America by RM kicks off the 2012 collector calendar with its debut Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction, January 12 – 14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The multi-day sale will present approximately 400 bikes, spanning a range of marques and eras with early consignments secured from around the world, including as far away as England and Italy. Headlining early entries is a selection of very rare, early bikes from the renowned Jerry DeMille Collection including a 1911 Wagner; a 1911 Sears Single Cylinder; a 1910½ Yale Single Cylinder; and a 1929 Cleveland.

In addition to the auction, Auctions America’s debut Vegas event will feature an exclusive motorcycle seminar on Saturday, January 14, with noted industry experts taking to the floor to share their market insights and predictions. Special guest panelists include Buzz Walneck, Founder of Walneck’s Magazines; Doug Mitchell, noted motorcycle author; Mark Hoyer, editor of Cycle World magazine; and respected collector Joe Bortz.

Both the Barber and Vegas sales will feature leading auctioneer Dennis Wisbey, joined on the podium by Glenn Bator who will offer color commentary.

For further information, full event details or to discuss motorcycle consignment opportunities, please contact Glenn Bator at or +1 805-798-1802 or Wayne Pitt at or +1 734-664-8964. A frequently updated list of auction entries for both sales is available online at

About Auctions America by RM: Auctions America by RM was formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of the world’s largest collector car auction house, RM Auctions, and specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. In April 2011, the company expanded to include a vintage motorcycle division with the acquisition of Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions. The motorcycle division is led by the well-respected classic and antique motorcycle expert, Glenn Bator, joined by Wayne Pitt. For further information and to view upcoming events, please visit or find us on Facebook at

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