The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, April 25, 2014


Remarkable 'barn-find' Brough Superior and VMCC founder's former motorcycle at Bonhams Stafford sale
1930 Brough Superior SS-80. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- Collectors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire two important Brough Superior SS-80 motorcycles at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on Sunday 21st October: one original, un-restored and not been seen publicly for more than eight decades, and the other once owned by the founder of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club.

1925 Brough Superior SS-80
The remarkable ‘barn-find’ 981cc 1925 model (estimate £55,000 - £75,000) has been owned by the same family since new and off the road since 1930.

Bonhams sold a 1924 model – thought to be the most original surviving example of its type – at the Autumn Stafford Sale last year. The machine, also offered at auction for the first time in its history, sold for £100,500.

1930 Brough Superior SS-80 De Luxe ‘Black Bess’
Founder of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), the late C E ‘Titch’ Allen OBE, bought ‘Black Bess’, as the machine came to be known, using a £50 gratuity given to him in the aftermath of World War II, during which he served as a dispatch rider and a sergeant, being awarded the British Empire Medal.

He had a life-long love affair with the Brough Superior marque, and in a 1997 letter to the current owner, said of ‘Black Bess’: “In many ways it was the most important bike in my life.”

Restored to original specification by marque specialists during the 1990s after its acquisition by the current vendor, the motorcycle is offered for sale in excellent condition, and is estimated to realise between £80,000 and £120,000.

Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these two remarkable machines at our Autumn Stafford Sale.

“Brough Superiors still in the possession of the first owner’s family can, in all probability, be counted on the fingers of one hand. So this wonderfully original and un-restored 1925 model, accompanied by a fascinating history file, represents a possible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning collectors.

“VMCC founder Titch Allen was tireless in his work to promote and preserve the vintage motorcycle scene, and we are honoured to offer one of his favourite machines for sale.

“With the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless ‘Hundred Model’ that won the Brooklands ‘Gold Star’ award for a 100mph lap in 1937, Aled Jenkins’s fantastic collection of modern Japanese classics and now these two machines, as well as many other exciting motorcycles, the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale is shaping up to be one of our most important sales of the year.”



Today's News

October 2, 2012

Four shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize 2012 open exhibition at Tate Britain

Important 19th century paintings emerge from a private collection in Ohio after more than a century

Gerhard Richter, Yves Klein and Eduardo Chillida lead Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Egon Schiele from the Albertina Museum, Vienna at The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Gary Tinterow appoints Deborah L. Roldán as Assistant Director, Exhibitions, of the MFAH

First installment of works from the Andy Warhol Foundation Sale to be offered in November

Exhibition brings together key masterpieces from the portraiture genre for the first time in Spain

Temporary loans to Currier Museum of Art include Edgar Degas' "Dance Rehearsal"

Swann Galleries to preview print auction highlights at Artcurial in Paris on October 5, 6 and 8

David Mirvish and Frank Gehry unveil conceptual design to transform Toronto's entertainment district

Mechanical banks of fine pedigree dominate Morphy's $2.76M auction of toys, dolls, sports memorabilia

Sotheby's to offer the personal jewellery collection of renowned silver dealer Michael Wellby

"Ice Age" to the Digital Age: The 3D animation art of Blue Sky Studios on view at the Katonah Museum of Art

Important collection of works by Jewad Selim, father of modern Iraqui art, for sale at Bonhams

A pair of superb quality nightstands with royal provenance acquired by Nationalmuseum

Bonhams appoint Joe Earle as a Senior Consultant for the Japanese Art Department in Europe and USA

Early U.S. coinage tops the bill in Heritage's ANA Dallas Signature event

Remarkable 'barn-find' Brough Superior and VMCC founder's former motorcycle at Bonhams Stafford sale

Gun owned by Butch Cassidy auctioned in California

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Newly discovered Imperial Fabergé Easter egg: A critical note from a Fabergé collector

2.- Tate opens most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Matisse's paper cut-outs

3.- First North American survey of the work of Ai Weiwei opens at Brooklyn Museum

4.- The importance of sky studies in landscape art is the subject of the first exhibition in a new Morgan series

5.- Beautiful Bentleys and a 'Rambo Lambo' amongst highlights for sale at Bonhams

6.- Retrospective is the first to encompass Sigmar Polke's works across all mediums

7.- Exhibition presents 100 top-class masterpieces from the collection of the Albertina

8.- Lost treasure found after almost 100 years: Wartski exhibits missing Fabergé egg

9.- Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquires a rare 16th century "Book of Friends"

10.- Exhibition of masterpieces from the Austrian Habsburg dynasty brings imperial splendor to the U.S.



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site