York & North Yorkshire

Classic Brough Superior motorbike fails to sell

Cars for sale at the auction
Image caption Over 400 lots were on offer at the auction in Harrogate

A classic motorbike with a sale estimate of up to £185,000 failed to meet its reserve in an auction.

The auction at Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate had about 400 lots for sale including classic cars and other motorbikes.

However the 1928 Brough Superior SS100 motorbike failed to reach the predicted six-figure sum.

The top price paid at the sale was £67,500 (including buyer's premium) for a 1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster.

Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at auctioneers Bonhams, said: "Harrogate always attracts an international audience."

Hundreds of bidders attended the event in person and bids came over the internet and by phone.

Other motorcycles offered included a 1955 Vincent Black Shadow and a 1939 Ariel Square Four.

The top lots in the car section of the sale included a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon and a last-of-the-line 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupé.

Automobilia sold included a forecourt sign, petrol pumps and garage equipment.

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