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The 12 most valuable (or interesting) bikes at RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba Auctions

The 12 most valuable (or inter...
Some of the bikes that went to auction during the Villa Erba auction last Saturday
Some of the bikes that went to auction during the Villa Erba auction last Saturday
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The Brough Superior SS100, nicknamed "Moby Dick" by Motor Cycling (UK) magazine in 1931, went to auction at Villa Erba and we expected it to shuffle it's way back to the top of the listings. The last time the bike went to auction it was sold by Bonhams for £210,500 (US$333,210) in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick was estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between EUR€500,000 and EUR€700,000 (US$550,000 to US$770,000), but it failed to make reserve and was passed in. The high bid was €420,000 (US$469,590) Auction Link
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The Brough Superior SS100, nicknamed "Moby Dick" by Motor Cycling (UK) magazine in 1931, went to auction at Villa Erba and we expected it to shuffle it's way back to the top of the listingsThe last time the bike went to auction it was sold by Bonhams for £210,500 (US$333,210) in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick was estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between EUR€500,000 and EUR€700,000 (US$550,000 to US$770,000), but it failed to make reserve and was passed in. The high bid was €420,000 (US$469,590) Auction Link
An expertly restored specimen of a Matchless-engined Brough Superior SS100, this 1936 Brough Superior SS100 just failed to make reserve with a high bid of €170,000 (US$190,072) against an official estimate of €180,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
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An expertly restored specimen of a Matchless-engined Brough Superior SS100, this 1936 Brough Superior SS100 just failed to make reserve with a high bid of €170,000 (US$190,072) against an official estimate of €180,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
We got so excited when we heard this bike was going to auction that we wrote a feature article on the glorious history of the machine, only to subsequently find that the claimed Scuderia Duke history was incorrect and the provenance is indeterminate. We're not sure what the story is, but there must be some validity to the bike's claim to authenticity because it managed to attract a high bid of €150,000 (US$167,711) which was not accepted. The original estimate of €380,000 to €450,000 was almost irrelevant when the provenance story fell through. Auction Link
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We got so excited when we heard this bike was going to auction that we wrote a feature article on the glorious history of the machine, only to subsequently find that the claimed Scuderia Duke history was incorrect and the provenance is indeterminate. We're not sure what the story is, but there must be some validity to the bike's claim to authenticity because it managed to attract a high bid of €150,000 (US$167,711) which was not accepted. The original estimate of €380,000 to €450,000 was almost irrelevant when the provenance story fell through. Auction Link
This very original 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe sold for €117,000 (US$130,814) against an estimate of €100,000 to €150,000 Auction Link
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This very original 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe sold for €117,000 (US$130,814) against an estimate of €100,000 to €150,000 Auction Link
Restored but absolutely identical to the way it left the Brough Superior factory 84 years ago, this 1933 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe attracted a high bid of €100,000 (US$111,807) against an estimate of €120,000 to €180,000. Auction Link
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Restored but absolutely identical to the way it left the Brough Superior factory 84 years ago, this 1933 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe attracted a high bid of €100,000 (US$111,807) against an estimate of €120,000 to €180,000. Auction Link
This is quite a significant motorcycle in the history of Brough Superior, but as with most other items at auction, true perspective doesn't seem to kick in for at least a few decades. Such was the case with this bike at auction. Though it holds several world speed records from Bonneville that were set in 2013, and was expected to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, bidding only went to €55,000 (US$61,494). Auction Link
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This is quite a significant motorcycle in the history of Brough Superior, but as with most other items at auction, true perspective doesn't seem to kick in for at least a few decades. Such was the case with this bike at auction. Though it holds several world speed records from Bonneville that were set in 2013, and was expected to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, bidding only went to €55,000 (US$61,494). Auction Link
One of the bargains of the entire auction IMHO, this 1937 Zundapp is not just gorgeous, it's one of the rare 800cc four cylinder models of which just 550 were produced and far fewer have survived. Given it sold for just €29,250 (US$32,704), it was a steal. Auction Link
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One of the bargains of the entire auction IMHO, this 1937 Zundapp is not just gorgeous, it's one of the rare 800cc four cylinder models of which just 550 were produced and far fewer have survived. Given it sold for just €29,250 (US$32,704), it was a steal. Auction Link
Another one of those auction items that one looks at in retrospect and cannot help but wonder why it went so cheaply. It's a 1963 Manx Norton and normally would be expected to sell for between two and three times the price it went for here. That is, until you realize that it is believed to be the bike ridden by Australian Jack Ahearn to second place in the 1964 World 500cc Motorcycle Championship (behind Mike Hailwood and ahead of Phil Read) and the winning bike in the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix. €23,400 (US$26,163) Auction Link
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Another one of those auction items that one looks at in retrospect and cannot help but wonder why it went so cheaply. It's a 1963 Manx Norton and normally would be expected to sell for between two and three times the price it went for here. That is, until you realize that it is believed to be the bike ridden by Australian Jack Ahearn to second place in the 1964 World 500cc Motorcycle Championship (behind Mike Hailwood and ahead of Phil Read) and the winning bike in the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix. €23,400 (US$26,163) Auction Link
Many EGLI-Vincents are simply copies of the original Fritz Egli creations, but there's only one person who was ever approved to use the name by Egli: the French constructor Patrick Godet. This 1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 Café Racer is one such bike and it sold remarkably cheaply for €78,975 (US$88,300).Auction Link
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Many EGLI-Vincents are simply copies of the original Fritz Egli creations, but there's only one person who was ever approved to use the name by Egli: the French constructor Patrick Godet. This 1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 Café Racer is one such bike and it sold remarkably cheaply for €78,975 (US$88,300).Auction Link
Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this bike was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. But on the plus side, the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
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Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this bike was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. But on the plus side, the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
Another MV Agusta Sport which began life as a lesser model, being the original 600cc four-cylinder machine first created by MV Agusta, though this one was eventually turned into a full-blown Magni 861 spec bike by Giovanni Magni, complete with that company's famous chain-drive conversion. The bike sold for €99,450 ($111,192). Auction Link
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Another MV Agusta Sport which began life as a lesser model, being the original 600cc four-cylinder machine first created by MV Agusta, though this one was eventually turned into a full-blown Magni 861 spec bike by Giovanni Magni, complete with that company's famous chain-drive conversion. The bike sold for €99,450 ($111,192). Auction Link
This is not an original MV Agusta 500 racing triple, but it is a perfect replica of one that was created by Italy's HRT Engineering. HRT's principals are Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, and the company was involved in creating the current MV Agusta 675 triple. Sironi was also part of the MV Agusta tech team when Agostini was riding the real one. The bike was built using the original technical drawings and when Agostini saw HRT's first replica, he ordered one and this is the bike they built for him. It was auctioned with Ago's signature on the fairing and a letter confirming his ownership. It was subsequently ridden at the Isle of Man in an exhibition lap by the seven-time 500 champ and when it went to auction last Saturday, it didn't sell. Bidding only went to €175,000 (US$195,663) against an estimate of €200,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
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This is not an original MV Agusta 500 racing triple, but it is a perfect replica of one that was created by Italy's HRT Engineering. HRT's principals are Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, and the company was involved in creating the current MV Agusta 675 triple. Sironi was also part of the MV Agusta tech team when Agostini was riding the real one. The bike was built using the original technical drawings and when Agostini saw HRT's first replica, he ordered one and this is the bike they built for him. It was auctioned with Ago's signature on the fairing and a letter confirming his ownership. It was subsequently ridden at the Isle of Man in an exhibition lap by the seven-time 500 champ and when it went to auction last Saturday, it didn't sell. Bidding only went to €175,000 (US$195,663) against an estimate of €200,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
Somewhat anti-climactically, the top selling bike of the auction only achieved the fifth highest bid, but it was the first to be accepted. This bike is a construction based around a RS 54 BMW racing engine from a sidecar, so it isn't entirely authentic. Just the same, it fetched in the vicinity of several previous genuine RS 54 bikes that have gone to auction with a final price of €143,325 (US$160,248). Auction Link
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Somewhat anti-climactically, the top selling bike of the auction only achieved the fifth highest bid, but it was the first to be accepted. This bike is a construction based around a RS 54 BMW racing engine from a sidecar, so it isn't entirely authentic. Just the same, it fetched in the vicinity of several previous genuine RS 54 bikes that have gone to auction with a final price of €143,325 (US$160,248). Auction Link
Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this 1974 MV Agusta 750 S was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. On the plus side though, is that the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
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Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this 1974 MV Agusta 750 S was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. On the plus side though, is that the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
Some of the bikes that went to auction during the Villa Erba auction last Saturday
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Some of the bikes that went to auction during the Villa Erba auction last Saturday

Many exciting motorcycles went to auction during the Villa Erba auction last Saturday, and in a sign that the motorcycle market is undergoing change, most of the really big ticket items failed to sell. Here's a quick rundown of the main bikes and how they fared.

No sale | 1928 Brough Superior SS100 "Moby Dick"

The Brough Superior SS100, nicknamed "Moby Dick" by Motor Cycling (UK) magazine in 1931, went to auction at Villa Erba and we expected it to shuffle it's way back to the top of the listings. The last time the bike went to auction it was sold by Bonhams for £210,500 (US$333,210) in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick was estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between EUR€500,000 and EUR€700,000 (US$550,000 to US$770,000), but it failed to make reserve and was passed in. The high bid was €420,000 (US$469,590) Auction Link
The Brough Superior SS100, nicknamed "Moby Dick" by Motor Cycling (UK) magazine in 1931, went to auction at Villa Erba and we expected it to shuffle it's way back to the top of the listingsThe last time the bike went to auction it was sold by Bonhams for £210,500 (US$333,210) in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick was estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between EUR€500,000 and EUR€700,000 (US$550,000 to US$770,000), but it failed to make reserve and was passed in. The high bid was €420,000 (US$469,590) Auction Link

The Brough Superior SS100, nicknamed "Moby Dick" by Motor Cycling (UK) magazine in 1931, went to auction at Villa Erba and we expected it to shuffle it's way back to the top of the listings. The last time the bike went to auction it was sold by Bonhams for £210,500 (US$333,210) in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick was estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between EUR€500,000 and EUR€700,000 (US$550,000 to US$770,000), but it failed to make reserve and was passed in. The high bid was €420,000 ($469,590). Auction Link

No sale | 2010 MV Agusta 500 3-Cylinder

This is not an original MV Agusta 500 racing triple, but it is a perfect replica of one that was created by Italy's HRT Engineering. HRT's principals are Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, and the company was involved in creating the current MV Agusta 675 triple. Sironi was also part of the MV Agusta tech team when Agostini was riding the real one. The bike was built using the original technical drawings and when Agostini saw HRT's first replica, he ordered one and this is the bike they built for him. It was auctioned with Ago's signature on the fairing and a letter confirming his ownership. It was subsequently ridden at the Isle of Man in an exhibition lap by the seven-time 500 champ and when it went to auction last Saturday, it didn't sell. Bidding only went to €175,000 (US$195,663) against an estimate of €200,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
This is not an original MV Agusta 500 racing triple, but it is a perfect replica of one that was created by Italy's HRT Engineering. HRT's principals are Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, and the company was involved in creating the current MV Agusta 675 triple. Sironi was also part of the MV Agusta tech team when Agostini was riding the real one. The bike was built using the original technical drawings and when Agostini saw HRT's first replica, he ordered one and this is the bike they built for him. It was auctioned with Ago's signature on the fairing and a letter confirming his ownership. It was subsequently ridden at the Isle of Man in an exhibition lap by the seven-time 500 champ and when it went to auction last Saturday, it didn't sell. Bidding only went to €175,000 (US$195,663) against an estimate of €200,000 to €250,000. Auction Link

This is not an original MV Agusta 500 racing triple, but it is a perfect replica of one that was created by Italy's HRT Engineering. HRT's principals are Ezio and Maurizio Mascheroni and Enrico Sironi, and the company was involved in creating the current MV Agusta 675 triple. Sironi was also part of the MV Agusta tech team when Agostini was riding the real one. The bike was built using the original technical drawings and when Agostini saw HRT's first replica, he ordered one and this is the bike they built for him. It was auctioned with Ago's signature on the fairing and a letter confirming his ownership. It was subsequently ridden at the Isle of Man in an exhibition lap by the seven-time 500 champ and when it went to auction last Saturday, it didn't sell. Bidding only went to €175,000 (US$195,663) against an estimate of €200,000 to €250,000. Auction Link

No sale | 1936 Brough Superior SS100

An expertly restored specimen of a Matchless-engined Brough Superior SS100, this 1936 Brough Superior SS100 just failed to make reserve with a high bid of €170,000 (US$190,072) against an official estimate of €180,000 to €250,000. Auction Link
An expertly restored specimen of a Matchless-engined Brough Superior SS100, this 1936 Brough Superior SS100 just failed to make reserve with a high bid of €170,000 (US$190,072) against an official estimate of €180,000 to €250,000. Auction Link

An expertly restored specimen of a Matchless-engined Brough Superior SS100, the bike just failed to make reserve with a high bid of €170,000(US$190,072) against an official estimate of €180,000 to €250,000. Auction Link

No sale | 1957 Gilera 500 4-Cylinder

We got so excited when we heard this bike was going to auction that we wrote a feature article on the glorious history of the machine, only to subsequently find that the claimed Scuderia Duke history was incorrect and the provenance is indeterminate. We're not sure what the story is, but there must be some validity to the bike's claim to authenticity because it managed to attract a high bid of €150,000 (US$167,711) which was not accepted. The original estimate of €380,000 to €450,000 was almost irrelevant when the provenance story fell through. Auction Link
We got so excited when we heard this bike was going to auction that we wrote a feature article on the glorious history of the machine, only to subsequently find that the claimed Scuderia Duke history was incorrect and the provenance is indeterminate. We're not sure what the story is, but there must be some validity to the bike's claim to authenticity because it managed to attract a high bid of €150,000 (US$167,711) which was not accepted. The original estimate of €380,000 to €450,000 was almost irrelevant when the provenance story fell through. Auction Link

We got so excited when we heard this bike was going to auction that we wrote a feature article on the glorious history of the machine, only to subsequently find that the claimed Scuderia Duke history was incorrect and the provenance is indeterminate. We're not sure what the story is, but there must be some validity to the bike's claim to authenticity because it managed to attract a high bid of €150,000(US$167,711) which was not accepted. The original estimate of €380,000 to €450,000 was almost irrelevant when the provenance story fell through. Auction Link

$160,248 | 1954 BMW RS 54

Somewhat anti-climactically, the top selling bike of the auction only achieved the fifth highest bid, but it was the first to be accepted. This bike is a construction based around a RS 54 BMW racing engine from a sidecar, so it isn't entirely authentic. Just the same, it fetched in the vicinity of several previous genuine RS 54 bikes that have gone to auction with a final price of €143,325 (US$160,248). Auction Link
Somewhat anti-climactically, the top selling bike of the auction only achieved the fifth highest bid, but it was the first to be accepted. This bike is a construction based around a RS 54 BMW racing engine from a sidecar, so it isn't entirely authentic. Just the same, it fetched in the vicinity of several previous genuine RS 54 bikes that have gone to auction with a final price of €143,325 (US$160,248). Auction Link

Somewhat anti-climactically, the top selling bike of the auction only achieved the fifth highest bid, but it was the first to be accepted. This bike is a construction based around a RS 54 BMW racing engine from a sidecar, so it isn't entirely authentic. Just the same, it fetched in the vicinity of several previous genuine RS 54 bikes that have gone to auction with a final price of €143,325 (US$160,248). Auction Link

$130,814 | 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe

This very original 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe sold for €117,000 (US$130,814) against an estimate of €100,000 to €150,000 Auction Link
This very original 1938 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe sold for €117,000 (US$130,814) against an estimate of €100,000 to €150,000 Auction Link

This very original SS80 sold for €117,000 (US$130,814) against an estimate of €100,000 to €150,000. Auction Link

No sale | 1933 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe

Restored but absolutely identical to the way it left the Brough Superior factory 84 years ago, this 1933 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe attracted a high bid of €100,000 (US$111,807) against an estimate of €120,000 to €180,000. Auction Link
Restored but absolutely identical to the way it left the Brough Superior factory 84 years ago, this 1933 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe attracted a high bid of €100,000 (US$111,807) against an estimate of €120,000 to €180,000. Auction Link

Restored but absolutely identical to the way it left the Brough Superior factory 84 years ago, this SS80 De Luxe attracted a high bid of €100,000 (US$111,807) against an estimate of €120,000 to €180,000. Auction Link

$113,809 | 1974 MV Agusta 750 S

Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this bike was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. But on the plus side, the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this bike was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. But on the plus side, the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link

Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this bike was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. But on the plus side, the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera (pictured below), who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made.

Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this 1974 MV Agusta 750 S was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. On the plus side though, is that the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link
Beginning life as a 750 GT model, this 1974 MV Agusta 750 S was converted to a 750 America specification, which somewhat reduces it's authenticity. On the plus side though, is that the bike was owned by Gianfranco Bonera , who just happened to finish second in the World 500cc Motorcycle Racing Championship on an MV Agusta in 1974, the year this bike was made. His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link

His MV Agusta team mate that year was Phil Read, who won the company's last world title, and Bonera won the 500cc Grand Prix at Imola that year, which is just a short way down the road from the site of this auction, as is the MV factory. We think that connection more than makes up for the maternity ward mix up, and so did the winning bidder who paid €101,790 (US$113,809) for the bike and the story that goes with it. Auction Link

$111,192 | 1968 MV Agusta 861 Magni

Another MV Agusta Sport which began life as a lesser model, being the original 600cc four-cylinder machine first created by MV Agusta, though this one was eventually turned into a full-blown Magni 861 spec bike by Giovanni Magni, complete with that company's famous chain-drive conversion. The bike sold for €99,450 ($111,192). Auction Link
Another MV Agusta Sport which began life as a lesser model, being the original 600cc four-cylinder machine first created by MV Agusta, though this one was eventually turned into a full-blown Magni 861 spec bike by Giovanni Magni, complete with that company's famous chain-drive conversion. The bike sold for €99,450 ($111,192). Auction Link

Another MV Agusta Sport that began life as a lesser model, being the original 600cc four-cylinder machine first created by MV Agusta, though this one was eventually turned into a full-blown Magni 861 spec bike by Giovanni Magni, complete with that company's famous chain-drive conversion. The bike sold for €99,450 (US$111,192). Auction Link

$88,300 | 1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 Café Racer by Godet

Many EGLI-Vincents are simply copies of the original Fritz Egli creations, but there's only one person who was ever approved to use the name by Egli: the French constructor Patrick Godet. This 1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 Café Racer is one such bike and it sold remarkably cheaply for €78,975 (US$88,300).Auction Link
Many EGLI-Vincents are simply copies of the original Fritz Egli creations, but there's only one person who was ever approved to use the name by Egli: the French constructor Patrick Godet. This 1968 Egli-Vincent 1330 Café Racer is one such bike and it sold remarkably cheaply for €78,975 (US$88,300).Auction Link

Many EGLI-Vincents are simply copies of the original Fritz Egli creations, but there's only one person who was ever approved to use the name by Egli: the French constructor Patrick Godet. This is one such bike and it sold remarkably cheaply for €78,975 (US$88,300). Auction Link

No sale | 2011 Brough Superior SS100 750 "Baby Pendine"

This is quite a significant motorcycle in the history of Brough Superior, but as with most other items at auction, true perspective doesn't seem to kick in for at least a few decades. Such was the case with this bike at auction. Though it holds several world speed records from Bonneville that were set in 2013, and was expected to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, bidding only went to €55,000 (US$61,494). Auction Link
This is quite a significant motorcycle in the history of Brough Superior, but as with most other items at auction, true perspective doesn't seem to kick in for at least a few decades. Such was the case with this bike at auction. Though it holds several world speed records from Bonneville that were set in 2013, and was expected to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, bidding only went to €55,000 (US$61,494). Auction Link

This is quite a significant motorcycle in the history of Brough Superior, but as with most other items at auction, true perspective doesn't seem to kick in for at least a few decades. Such was the case with this bike at auction. Though it holds several world speed records from Bonneville that were set in 2013, and was expected to sell for between €100,000 and €150,000, bidding only went to €55,000 (US$61,494). Auction Link

$32,704 | 1937 Zündapp K800

One of the bargains of the entire auction IMHO, this 1937 Zundapp is not just gorgeous, it's one of the rare 800cc four cylinder models of which just 550 were produced and far fewer have survived. Given it sold for just €29,250 (US$32,704), it was a steal. Auction Link
One of the bargains of the entire auction IMHO, this 1937 Zundapp is not just gorgeous, it's one of the rare 800cc four cylinder models of which just 550 were produced and far fewer have survived. Given it sold for just €29,250 (US$32,704), it was a steal. Auction Link

One of the bargains of the entire auction IMHO, this 1937 Zundapp is not just gorgeous, it's one of the rare 800cc four cylinder models of which just 550 were produced and far fewer have survived. Given it sold for just €29,250 (US$32,704) ... it was a steal. Auction Link

$26,163 | 1963 Norton Manx 30M

Another one of those auction items that one looks at in retrospect and cannot help but wonder why it went so cheaply. It's a 1963 Manx Norton and normally would be expected to sell for between two and three times the price it went for here. That is, until you realize that it is believed to be the bike ridden by Australian Jack Ahearn to second place in the 1964 World 500cc Motorcycle Championship (behind Mike Hailwood and ahead of Phil Read) and the winning bike in the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix. €23,400 (US$26,163) Auction Link
Another one of those auction items that one looks at in retrospect and cannot help but wonder why it went so cheaply. It's a 1963 Manx Norton and normally would be expected to sell for between two and three times the price it went for here. That is, until you realize that it is believed to be the bike ridden by Australian Jack Ahearn to second place in the 1964 World 500cc Motorcycle Championship (behind Mike Hailwood and ahead of Phil Read) and the winning bike in the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix. €23,400 (US$26,163) Auction Link

Another one of those auction items that one looks at in retrospect and cannot help but wonder why it went so cheaply. It's a 1963 Manx Norton and normally would be expected to sell for between two and three times the price it went for here. That is, until you realize that it is believed to be the bike ridden by Australian Jack Ahearn to second place in the 1964 World 500cc Motorcycle Championship (behind Mike Hailwood and ahead of Phil Read) and the winning bike in the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix. €23,400 (US$26,163) Auction Link

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