An unprecedented number of motorcycles sold in Las Vegas this year and although many of the more fancied lots didn't sell, the strength of the marketplace was clearly evident by a 50 percent increase in turnover. What's more, the market appears to be moving upwards for motorcycles manufactured in the seventies and eighties due to new blood in the collector ranks.

The 2017 Las Vegas motorcycle auctions combined Mecum's four-day auction (January 25 to 28) with Bonhams' one day event on January 26 for a major kickstart to the collectible motorcycle year. More than 1000 collectible motorcycles changed hands over four days, which is enough data to identify a few trends that portend what will happen over the rest of the year. See our trends report from Las Vegas on movement in the collector motorcycle marketplace.

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The following sales constitute the top 150 sales in Las Vegas with images and links to the official auction pages.

Note that Mecum, which sold the majority of the bikes in Las Vegas, cites the hammer price of each bike on its website, while Bonhams quotes the total price (including commissions) to the buyer. We think the total price paid is the right number to be looking at, so we have converted the Mecum prices to the total price for the purposes of this listing.

$539,000 | 1912 Henderson Four

Mecum Auction Description

A completely original, unrestored 115-year-old motorcycle. This 57 cubic inch (934 cc) F-head four-cylinder Henderson sold with both the original paint and the original tires.

$195,000 | 1914 Feilbach Limited 10HP V-twin

Bonhams Auction Description

The top seller at Bonhams' Las Vegas auction this year could have gone to any number of motorcycles, but in the end none of the fancied bikes met reserve and this 1130 cc 1914 Feilbach Limited Twin took the honors. One of just a handful of Feilbach Limited v-twins extant, this example came from the Larry Bowman Collection. This was the last Feilbach made before the company was shuttered and was the personal motorcycle of company founder Arthur Feilbach.

$165,000 | 1913 Henderson Four

Mecum Auction Description

$150,000 | 1955 Vincent Series D Black Knight

Bonhams Auction Description

The Black Knight is the rarest of the Series D Vincent V-twins produced in 1954 and 1955, though as an enclosed Rapide (the enclosed Shadow is known as the Black Prince), it is generally less celebrated and sought-after than its slightly faster royal brethren. Just the same, this Black Knight set a new record price for the model with this sale by achieving the highest ever price at auction of the 101 original Black Knights produced.

It also went to Vegas via a rather circuitous route, having been originally sold new to Cuba, before taking up residence in Pennsylvania for many years. The subject of an extensive restoration five years ago it hasn't covered many miles since and presented in Vegas in concours condition. It has also been "sorted" with a Black Shadow specification engine, Lightning-specification brakes and Works Performance suspension at both ends.

$140,250 | 1913 Henderson Four Deluxe

Mecum Auction Description

$135,000 | 1952 Vincent Series-C Black Shadow

Bonhams Auction Description

A fully restored Black Shadow with an interesting history. The vendor won the bike in a raffle ten years ago at the 2007 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days weekend, with his ticket drawn by by Grand Marshal Jay Springsteen. The AMCA-award winning bike was sold with the same 3,669 miles it had on the clock when it was raffled.

$129,250 | 1928 Excelsior 'Big Bertha' Hillclimber

Mecum Auction Description

$121,000 | 1949 Vincent Black Shadow

Mecum Auction Description

This bike was the subject of a total restoration by the late Dick Busby, and was sold with less than 1000 miles on the clock since the restoration.

$112,125 | 1949 Vincent Series B Black Shadow

Bonhams Auction Description

The first and rarest of the three Shadow series, with 76 Series B Shadows produced, compared to 1507 Series C machines and 144 Series D bikes. This 1949 Black Shadow is an older full restoration with matching numbers for engine, upper frame member and rear frame section, likewise the center cases are numbers-matching, all per Vincent Owners Club paperwork.

$112,125 | 1916 Henderson Four

Bonhams Auction Description

$110,000 | 1923 Indian Chief with Princess sidecar
(Ex-Steve McQueen)

Mecum Auction Description

$109,250 | 1974 Ducati 750 SS

This was not the original Ducati, but it was the start of something big. When Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari finished 1-2 in the Imola 200 in 19XX, the Ducati v-twin legend was born and has been growing ever since. This was the highest priced Ducati of the week, fetching $109,250

Bonhams Auction Description

$104,500| 1914 Flanders Model D

Mecum Auction Description

$104,500 | 1931 Henderson Four

Mecum Auction Description

$103,500 | 1955 Vincent Series D Black Prince

Bonhams Auction Description

$100,100 | 1929 Cleveland Tornado

Mecum Auction Description

$99,000| 1928 Harley-Davidson JDH

Mecum Auction Description

$99,000 | 1941 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$96,800 | 1929 Henderson Model K

Mecum Auction Description

$93,500 | 1931 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$93,500 | 1938 Indian Model 438 Four

Mecum Auction Description

$93,500 | 1924 ACE Four

Mecum Auction Description

$93,500 | 1916 Reading Standard

Mecum Auction Description

$93,500 | 1917 Henderson Four
(Ex-Steve McQueen)

Mecum Auction Description

$88,000 | 1928 Harley-Davidson JDH Model 2

Mecum Auction Description

$85,250 | 1911 Harley-Davidson 7A

Mecum Auction Description

$82,800 | 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin
(Ex-Steve McQueen)

Bonhams Auction Description

$82,800 | 1937 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

Bonhams Auction Description

$82,500 | 1915 Flying Merkel V-Twin Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$82,500 | 1936 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$78,375 | 1939 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$77,000 | 1977 Suzuki 500 Works MX Racer
(United States Grand Prix winner - ex Gerrit Wolsink)

Mecum Auction Description

$77,000 | 1955 Vincent Series D Black Prince

Mecum Auction Description

$77,000 | 1928 Henderson K Deluxe Four

Mecum Auction Description

$72,600 | 1909 Pierce Four

Mecum Auction Description

$69,000 | 1937 Indian Sport Four

Bonhams Auction Description

$68,750 | 1931 Henderson Four

Mecum Auction Description

$67,100 | 1939 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead EL

Mecum Auction Description

$66,550 | 1940 Indian Four
(Ex-Steve McQueen)

Mecum Auction Description

$66,125 | 1915 Harley-Davidson 11-F

Bonhams Auction Description

$66,000 | 1910 CCM Lightweight

Mecum Auction Description

$66,000 | 1935 Indian Chief
(Ex-Steve McQueen)

Mecum Auction Description

$63,800 | 1929 BMW R63

Mecum Auction Description

$63,250 | 1949 Vincent Series C Black Shadow

Bonhams Auction Description

$63,250 | 1919 Henderson Four

Mecum Auction Description

$63,250 | 1908 Comet

Mecum Auction Description

$60,500 | 1915 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$60,500 | 1911 Indian Big Base 8-valve

Mecum Auction Description

$57,750 | 1911 Flying Merkel Single

Mecum Auction Description

$57,200 | 1931 BMW R16

Mecum Auction Description

$56,350 | 2010 Confederate P120 Fighter Black Flag

Bonhams Auction Description

$55,200 | 1973 BSA Rob North Formula 750 Triple

Bonhams Auction Description

$55,000 | 1941 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead

Mecum Auction Description

$55,000 | 1971 Triumph Trident Gene Romero Replica

Mecum Auction Description

$55,000 | 1914 Pope Model K (Ex-Steve McQueen)

Mecum Auction Description

$50,600 | 1937 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1939 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1915 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1916 Harley-Davidson Model J

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1938 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1928 Harley-Davidson JD

Mecum Auction Description

$49,500 | 1950 Vincent Rapide

Mecum Auction Description

$48,400 | 1916 Harley-Davidson with sidecar

Mecum Auction Description

$48,400 | 1941 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$48,300 | 2008 Confederate Wraith B210

Bonhams Auction Description

$47,300 | 1941 Indian Four

Mecum Auction Description

$47,300 | 1940 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$47,300 | 1951 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$46,750 | 1930 Ariel Square 4

Mecum Auction Description

$46,750 | 1915 Harley-Davidson 11F TWIN

Mecum Auction Description

$45,425 | 1916 Thor Twin

Bonhams Auction Description

$45,100 | 1929 Indian 101 Scout

Mecum Auction Description

$45,100 | 1974 Ducati 750 S

Mecum Auction Description

$44,550 | 1949 Harley-Davidson Captain America Replica

Mecum Auction Description

$44,000 | 1976 Yamaha OW 72
(ex Kenny Roberts Snr)

Mecum Auction Description

$44,000 | 1919 Henderson Model Z

Mecum Auction Description

$43,700 | 1930 Montgomery JAP 750cc Sidevalve

Bonhams Auction Description

$43,700 | 1925 Excelsior Super X

Bonhams Auction Description

$42,550 | 1940 Indian Military Chief Model 340B

Bonhams Auction Description

$42,550 | 1929 Excelsior Super X with sidecar

Bonhams Auction Description

$41,800 | 1919 Harley-Davidson 19W Sports Twin

Mecum Auction Description

$41,400 | 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR

Bonhams Auction Description

$41,250 | 1912 Indian Board Track Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$40,700 | 1953 MV Agusta Monoalbero Sport

Mecum Auction Description

$40,700 | 1914 Clyno 5-6 HP

Mecum Auction Description

$40,250 | 1973 Ducati 750 Works Endurance Racer

Bonhams Auction Description

$40,250 | 1926 Nimbus 750 Model B

Bonhams Auction Description

$39,600 | 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead EL

Mecum Auction Description

$39,600 | 1918 Harley-Davidson MODEL J

Mecum Auction Description

$39,600 | 1924 Indian Scout

Mecum Auction Description

$39,600 | 1964 Ducati OHC F3 Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$39,600 | 1918 Harley-Davidson L18T

Mecum Auction Description

$39,150 | 1914 Excelsior Model 7-C V-Twin

Bonhams Auction Description

$39,100 | 1975 Ducati 750 SS

Bonhams Auction Description

$38,500 | 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

Mecum Auction Description

$38,500 | 1945 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Mecum Auction Description

$38,500 | 1915 Indian Twin

Mecum Auction Description

$38,500 | 1929 BMW R52

Mecum Auction Description

$38,850 | 1938 BMW R51RS Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$37,400 | 1948 Vincent Rapide

Mecum Auction Description

$37,400 | 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA Cutaway Display Model

Mecum Auction Description

$36,300 | 1948 Harley-Davidson FL

Mecum Auction Description

$36,300 | 1912 Pope Single

Mecum Auction Description

$35,750 | 1956 FB Mondial Twin Cam F2 Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$35,700 | 1912 Thor Model U Twin

Mecum Auction Description

$35,650 | 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Bonhams Auction Description

$35,200 | 1940 Indian Chief Continental Army Vehicle

Mecum Auction Description

$35,200 | 1937 Harley-Davidson UL

Mecum Auction Description

$35,200 | 1918 Harley-Davidson F Model

Mecum Auction Description

$34,100 | 1937 Indian Jr. Scout

Mecum Auction Description

$33,350 | 1967 Velocette 500cc Venom Thruxton

Bonhams Auction Description

$33,000 | 1938 Harley-Davidson W

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1960 BSA DBD34 Gold Star Clubman

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1971 BSA Rocket III

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1957 FB Mondial Super Sport Production Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1935 Harley-Davidson VLD

Mecum Auction Description

$33,000 | 1951 Indian Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$32,200 | 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Bonhams Auction Description

$32,200 | 1971 Harley-Davidson XRTT Road Racer

Bonhams Auction Description

$31,900 | 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH Flathead Police Bike

Mecum Auction Description

$31,050 | 1953 Indian Chief

Bonhams Auction Description

$31,050 | 1919 Matchless Model H with sidecar

Bonhams Auction Description

$30,800 | 1969 Honda CB750

Mecum Auction Link

$30,800 | 1938 BMW R66

Mecum Auction Description

$30,800 | 1947 Harley-Davidson TT Bobber

Mecum Auction Description

$30,800 | 1929 Harley-Davidson JD

Mecum Auction Description

$30,250 | 1963 BSA Rocket Gold Star

Mecum Auction Description

$30,250 | 1939 Triumph T100

Mecum Auction Description

$30,250 | 1936 Harley-Davidson VLH Flathead Police Bike

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1922 Harley-Davidson Model F

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1948 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead Springer

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1947 Indian Chief Roadmaster with sidecar

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1940 Indian Sport Scout

Mecum Auction Description

$29,700 | 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA

Mecum Auction Description

$29,150 | 1949 Triumph TR5 Trophy

Mecum Auction Description

$29,150 | 1966 Velocette Thruxton

Mecum Auction Description

$28,750 | 1969 Velocette 500 Venom Thruxton

Bonhams Auction Description

$28,600 | 1957 MV Agusta Squalo Formula Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$28,600 | 1953 Harley-Davidson KRM

Mecum Auction Description

$28,600 | 1967 BMW R69S

Mecum Auction Description

$28,600 | 1952 Triumph Thunderbird

Mecum Auction Description

$28,600 | 1949 Harley-Davidson F Head

Mecum Auction Description

$28,600 | 1940 Indian Scout

Mecum Auction Description

$28,175 | 1954 Vincent Series C Touring Comet 500

Bonhams Auction Description

$28,050 | 1948 Indian Bonneville Chief

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1951 Triumph 6T Drag Bike

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1951 Norton International

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1935 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car GD

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 2002 Matt Hotch Designs Pro Street Chopper

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1965 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1918 Indian Powerplus Board Track Racer

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 |1914 Cyclone 11/16 Replica

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1908 Thor Single

Mecum Auction Description

$27,500 | 1908 Marsh Metz

Mecum Auction Description

$26,450 | 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini

Bonhams Auction Description

$26,400 | 1990 Honda RC30

Mecum Auction Description

$25,850 | 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 2012 Indian Larry Panhead Chopper
(ex Ewan McGregor)

Bonhams Auction Description

$25,300 | 1974 Ducati 750GT

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 1953 Moto Guzzi Falcone 500 Competizione

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 2001 Ducati MH 900 E - Mike Hailwood Replica

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 1964 BMW R50/2

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 1948 Harley-Davidson WL

Mecum Auction Description

$25,300 | 1961 BSA Gold Star 500 Catalina Scrambler

Bonhams Auction Description

$25,300 | 1927 AJS Model 9 500

Bonhams Auction Description

$24,725 | 1938 BMW R61 with Stoye Sidecar

Bonhams Auction Description

$24,150 | 1978 Ducati 900 SS

Bonhams Auction Description

$24,150 | 1971 Ducati Desmo 450

Bonhams Auction Description

$23,575 | 1985 Yamaha RD500LC

Bonhams Auction Description

$22,425 | 1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS Squalo Production Racer

Bonhams Auction Description

$22,000 | 1949 Norton Manx Model 30

Mecum Auction Description

$21,850 | 1971 Norton Commando 750 Production Racer

Bonhams Auction Description

$20,900 | 1978 Honda CBX 1000

Mecum Auction Description

$20,700 | 1929 Harley-Davidson DL Sport

Bonhams Auction Description

$20,125 | 1970 Velocette Venom Thruxton 500

Bonhams Auction Description

$19,550 | 1960 Harley-Davidson XLR Flat Tracker

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,400 | 2001 Ducati MH900E

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,400 | 1999 Harley-Davidson MT500 Military

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,400 | 1970 Indian Velocette Venom 500

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,400 | 1957 BMW R69

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,400 | 1936 Norton International 30M 500

Bonhams Auction Description

$18,150 | 1978 Yamaha TZ250

Mecum Auction Description

$17,825 | 1970 Rickman Triumph Metisse

Bonhams Auction Description

$17,825 | 1935 Harley-Davidson VL Bobber

Bonhams Auction Description

$16,675 | 1964 BMW R50/2

Bonhams Auction Description

$16,100 | 1952 Harley-Davidson Model K

Bonhams Auction Description

$13,800 | 1972 Dnepr 650 with sidecar


$12,100 | 1961 Honda C72-250 Dream

Mecum Auction Description

$9,375 | Ducati 750 Sport Cutaway Engine

Bonhams Auction Description


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