Two iconic bikes created history at the National Motorcycle Museum when they were recently sold for new world record prices.
John Lennon’s 1969 Honda Z50A ‘Monkeybike’ made £57,500 and a fascinating survivor, a pre-production Honda CB750 reached £161,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £35,000 to £40,000.
Everyone’s excitement was at its peak when it was the turn of the John Lennon Monkey-Trail bike XUC 91H to go under the hammer. John Lennon used the bike as a fun way of getting around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey, where he lived from 1969 to 1971. Prior to the sale it was estimated that the bike would sell for £30,000 plus. The Honda Monkey/Trail Bike XUC 91H was acquired by John Harington from Henry Graham, of Hook Hampshire, who at the time was owner of a business in Farnborough Hampshire — Motor Cycle City in around 1971. Henry Graham said that he had bought the motorbike from John Lennon, who was living at the time at Tittenhurst Park in Sunningdale, near Ascot Berkshire. John Harington, the current seller, had kept the bike for the past 47 years, since buying it from Mr. Graham and had displayed it at various events and shows throughout that time.
The second iconic bike, the Honda CB750 is a very special motorcycle which collectors worldwide were clambering for. It was estimated at £35,000-£40,000 prior to the sale but in an extended bidding fight, finally sold for a total of £161,000 – a new world record.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the bikes.