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Bonhams Announces Sensational Motorcycle Discovery

1938 Brough Superior 982cc SS100 ProjectThey were believed to have been destroyed, but earlier this year, eight long-lost Brough Superior Motorcycles were discovered in a Cornish village.

Unveiled for the first time in more than 50 years, ‘The ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ will be offered at Bonhams Sale of Important Collectors’ Motorcycles at Stafford on 24 April 2016.

“This is one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Department. “A lot of mystery surrounds these motorcycles, as very few people knew that they still existed, many believing them to be an urban myth. There was a theory that they still existed somewhere in the West Country, but few knew where, until now.”

“Stored in barns for more than 50 years, the motorcycles were discovered whole, in parts, and some were partially submerged under decades of dust, old machinery parts and household clutter.”

ex- Hubert Chantrey Brough Superior 750cc BS4“This is the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors; there will not be another opportunity like this. Only eight four-cylinder machines were built, and the example in this collection is the final one to be re-discovered.”

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Classic Italian Bikes Up For Auction

1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante and a 1980 Bomota SB21972 Ducati Scrambler 450The Italian machines will be sold by Bonhams at the Grand Palais Sale, taking place 4 February 2016 in Paris, France.
The Stockholm-based museum was founded in 1999 by enthusiast Christer R. Christensson, who, together with motorcycle historian Ove Johansson, assembled a world-class collection of motorcycle masterpieces.
“This is the first time the museum has offered any of its collection at auction,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “It is an exciting, early consignment to our Grand Palais Sale, including several lots at no reserve.”
The selection features a trio of Ducati motorcycles, including a 1983 Ducati 900 S2, estimated at €7,000-9,700, a 1972 Ducati Scrambler 450, estimated at €9,800-14,000, and a 1969 Ducati Scrambler 250, estimated at €5,600-7,000.
Further highlights include a 1980 Bimota SB2, estimated at €21,000-25,000, a 1954 MV Agusta Disco Volante, estimated at €11,000-17,000, and a 1948 Gilera Saturno, estimated at €11,000-16,000.