Friday, October 24, 2014
Most expensive motorcycle ever sold: Easy Rider chopper breaks Guinness World Records' record
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA -- The Harley Panhead Chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the Y 1969 "Road Movie" Easy Rider sold for $1.35-M, $1.62-M including auction fees, more than 2X the price of the prior most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction, a Y1910 Winchester, and besting the price of the most expensive motorcycle ever sold the $1-M "Bathing Suit" Vincent Black Shadow; it sets the new world record for the Most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: The motorcycle that Peter Fonda might have rode in the movie "Easy Rider" sold at auction Saturday for $1.35 million. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest parade of BMW motorcycles consisted of 241 motorcycles and was organized by Grass Roots BMW Motorcycles (all USA) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA, on 26 September 2009.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest parade of Honda motorcycles; it is 1,180 motorcycles and was achieved by Naysha Racing (Peru) in Pucallpa, Peru, on 15 July 2012.
The Harley Panhead Chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 "road movie" Easy Rider sold for US$1.35 million ($1.62 million including auction fees), more than doubling the price of the previous most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction (a 1910 Winchester) and eclipsing the price of the most expensive motorcycle ever sold (the US$1 million "Bathing Suit" Vincent Black Shadow).
The chromed out, star-spangled Harley Davidson panhead, ridden by actor Peter Fonda in the ground-breaking movie directed by co-star Dennis Hopper, was owned by Los Angeles Realtor and movie memorabilia collector Michael Eisenberg.
It is the only original and authentic motorcycle to exist from the classic movie and substantiated by three signed letters of authenticity: one from the National Motorcycle Museum (Anamosa, Iowa) signed by the Museum's Director, a letter from Peter Fonda, and a signed letter of authenticity from Dan Haggerty attesting to all the facts in the Peter Fonda letter as being true and accurate.
The iconic red, white and blue stars and stripes panhead chopper, with chromed hard tail frame, was designed and built by two African-American chopper builders—Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy—following design cues provided by Peter Fonda himself.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the American Humane Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and children.
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