Auction House Bonhams & Butterfields

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 In response to the ever-increasing demand for collector-edition motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields has achieved success by adding vintage motorcycles to its repertoire.

Bonhams & Butterfields is the most reputable auction house on the West Coast. The company has offices in 25 different countries with specialties in 57 different areas of collecting including fine art and antiques, memorabilia, and rare, hard-to-find collectors’ items.

The firm’s history can be traced to 1865 when ex-sheriff William Butterfield began selling small items that were consigned from vessels entering the San Francisco Bay Harbor. Once the city began to evolve into a major economic center, much attributed to the Gold Rush, Butterfield adapted to the most discerning local populace and began offering fine art and luxury furnishings, and soon began to cater to private clients that wished to exchange possessions. The addition of the European and Asian sales in 1935 by William’s son, Reeder, primed Butterfields to become one of the strongest auction houses in the world. The present day company of Bonhams & Butterfields was formed when Bonhams, a private British firm, acquired the firm in August of 2002. The brand’s knowledge and expertise combined with its outstanding client services has placed Bonhams & Butterfields on par with top world auction houses.

The company’s respected motorcar division is known for breaking auction records through the sales of cars and related items. Its premier annual automobile event, known as The Quail Lodge sale (named for the event’s location), attracts the most astute car enthusiasts from around the world each August. During the 2008 event, the company broke world records by selling five different motorcars for more than $1 million; The auction’s total topped $21 million.

In response to the ever-increasing demand for collector-edition motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields has achieved success by adding vintage motorcycles to its repertoire. The first motorbike auction to take place at the Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club in Carmel, California, is set for Saturday, May 9, in conjunction with the Golf Club’s first-ever Motorcycle Concourse. Some items of note on the auction block are a 1920 ABC Sopwith TT (est. $10,000 to $12,000), a 1905 Orion Single (est. $24,000 to $28,000), and a 1959 BMW R69 (est. $25,000- $35,000), which will be featured as the auction’s star lots. Both the Sopwith and the Orion are being offered with “no reserve,” words that delight auction aficionados.

Aimed at motorcycle enthusiasts, this will be the first Quail Lodge bikes auction held by Bonhams & Butterfields. With a long-term goal of making this event a must-see for motorsport fanatics, guests can expect this auction to be an exciting celebration of the vintage motorcycle world.

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