Bonhams Steve McQueen Husqvarna Birmingham Auction

Bonhams’ first ever auction at the famed Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday, held in conjunction with the annual Barber Vintage Days, was a smashing success with a total sales figure of nearly $1.5-million.

Shining stars of the show, and items that attracted intense bidding from around the world, were objects formerly owned by actor Steve McQueen. The 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross ridden by him in the film “On Any Sunday” exceeded all estimates and sold for an astounding $230,500, whereas his 1970 Bell motorcycle helmet fetched a whopping $21,875.

Steve McQueen HelmetOther stars included the rare 1928 Windhoff Four that achieved a new world record for the marque when it sold for $230,500, and the gorgeous, original 1974 Ducati 750 SS that blew past its estimate and made $137,000. Other collectors’ motorcycles that performed strongly across the spectrum were, for example, the 1936 Brough Superior SS80 that sold for $115,000 and the 1989 Honda RC30 that was bought for $27,025.

Automobilia – always a highlight of Bonhams’ sales, which included objects as diverse as Mike Hailwood’s racing leathers to original posters and trophies, was 100% sold.

“This is the first of our annual sales in association with the Barber Motorsports Museum”, said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman. “The collaboration between our team and the Museum at this amazing venue proved the perfect synergy for an international sale of collectors motorcycles alongside this established weekend event.”

“We’re very pleased with the turnout and results of this first sale,” said Ben Walker, International Director of Motorcycles at Bonhams. “The Barber Motorsports Museum is one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind and it’s been a real pleasure to partner with them.”