A 2009 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle previously owned by Hollywood star Brad Pitt is up for grabs this weekend in England.
The Bud Ekins Desert Scrambler Special will be auctioned on Saturday by Coys at the London Motorcyle Show at the city’s Excel exhibition space.
One of just three special edition bikes created to celebrate the life of Steve McQueen’s stunt double Bud Ekins, it was built by Brad Holstein on behalf of Triumph. It’s said to have been given to Brad Pitt as a gift from the Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub, with a special birthday message engraved on the petrol cap.
The sellers describe the motorbike as being in good all-round condition, complete with its original license plates. It’s estimated to make between £20,000 and £30,000 ($28,000 – $42,000).
“We are excited to be back at the London Motorcycle Show for our third bike auction in the capital,” said Coys CEO, Chris Routledge. “We have a stunning selection of motorcycles on offer, including this special Triumph evocating the sled racers that Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins used to race in the 1960s.”
Other rare motorbikes going under the hammer at the MCN Carole Nash London Motorcycle Show include a c.1953 Matchless G45 (£38,000 – £45,000, or $63,000 – $63,000), a 1978 Ducati 900 SS Desmo NCR Replica (£19,000 – £26,000, or $27,000 – $36,000), a 1949 HRD Vincent Rapide Series C 998cc (£54,000 – £59,000, or $78,000 – $83,000) and a 1955 Vincent Grey Flash Replica 500cc (£22,000 – £28,000, or $31,000 – $40,000).
The HRD Vincent Rapide Series C 998cc being sold was manufactured in 1949, during the transition period in which HRD Vincent changed its trading name to simply ‘Vincent’. Evidence of the transition can be seen in the engine as later models just had the Vincent name rather than HRD.
This example, ‘FPY 327’, was restored by well-known Vincent period road racer Martin Quirk. The full renovation took 12 years and, since then, the bike has covered less than a mile.
At the same time as the Coys London Motorcycle Show auction, a second sale will be taking place next door at the Historic Motorsport International show, in association with the London Classic Car Show. Four-wheeled highlights include a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi estimated to make £225,000 – £295,000 $315,000 – $415,000) and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV with an estimate of £250,000 – £350,000 ($350,000 – $495,000.
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