The market for antique bikes keeps increasing, with charges growing and volume increasing year-over-12 months. Mecum Auction, Inc. Set a report for an income of bike and avenue artwork at their January 2019 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion. Mecum claims that their occasion, held yearly for the past 28 years, is now the sector’s biggest motorbike public sale.
This yr, it collected a global forged of brands, from the acquainted American manufacturers to difficult-to-understand European marques and beyond. Over 1,340 bikes were bought on the public sale block during the January 22 – 26 event, collecting a complete $26.3 million in sales (also consisting of street artwork income), an growth of 87 percent over the 2018 event. Over 91 percent of the bikes offered on the market received triumphing bids.
Sales were inspired by a 238-motorbike grouping from Sweden’s MC Collection, a private collection based in Stockholm. The series became based on Christer R. Christensson and developed with motorbike historian Ove Johansson to illustrate the bike records from 1894. The MC Collection is moving this yr, and the new venue, the 1645 Baroque pPalaceTido Castle, can have less display space — consequently, the sale of surplus bikes. Christensson and Guy Fithen’s 2016 book, World’s Best Motorcycles (Wilkinson Publishing), profiles 18 historical and huge bikes from the MC Collection.
The top dealer on the public sale this 12 months became the MC Collection. A 1939 Crocker Big Tank sold for $704,000 – a long way above the pre-public sale estimate of $500,000. Crocker became a short-lived (1932 – 1942) American motorcycle emblem primarily based in Los Angeles, famed for manufacturing unmarried-cylinder speedway bikes and V-twin cruisers with huge-displacement, excessive-output engines. Total production for the brand is anticipated at two hundred motorcycles, of which sixty-eight are recognized nowadays. The $704,000 sale rate represents the document for a Crocker at public sale.