The market for antique bikes keeps to increase, with charges growing and volume increasing year-over-12 months. Mecum Auction, Inc. Set a report for 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 certainly collected a global forged of brands, from the acquainted American manufacturers to difficult to understand European marques and beyond.
Over 1,340 bikes bought on the public sale block in the course of the January 22 – 26 event, collecting a complete of $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 way of the presence of a 238-motorbike grouping from Sweden’s MC Collection, a private collection based in Stockholm. The series become based through Christer R. Christensson, and developed with motorbike historian Ove Johansson to assist illustrate the records of the bike from 1894 to provide. The MC Collection is moving this yr, and the new venue, the 1645 Baroque palace Tido 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 from 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 become a short-lived (1932 – 1942) American motorcycle emblem primarily based in Los Angeles, famed for its manufacturing of unmarried-cylinder speedway bikes and V-twin cruisers with huge-displacement, excessive-output engines. Total production for the brand is anticipated at 2 hundred motorcycles, of which sixty eight are recognised to exist nowadays. The $704,000 sale rate represents the document for a Crocker at public sale.