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Bonhams motorcycle sale sees historic Ducatis race into Las Vegas

An unprecedented number of historic Ducati motorcycles are heading to Sin City this month, as part of Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas motorcycle sale.
From scramblers and street singles to official works team racing bikes and rare prototypes, the sale will span seven decades of engineering from the renowned Italian marque.

In total, 38 machines will cross the block in Las Vegas, dating from 1984 through to 2001, including 15 motorcycles from the world-renowned Silverman Museum Racing Collection.
Amongst the leading lots is a former works team bike dubbed "the rarest of the rare" – a 1984 Ducati 750 TT1 Works Road Racer.

The bike is one of only three examples built to be campaigned in the Endurance World Championship, and was later owned by the famed American collector and privateer Dale Newton. With uninterrupted provenance and a successful race history, the motorcycle is now estimated at $125,000-$150,000.

Another rare lot is a 1973 Ducati 750 Works Road Racer, one of three factory team motorcycles of its kind, with a race history that includes the Bol d’Or 24 Hours and the Isle of Man TT, estimated at $100,000-$140,000.

Further important machines on offer will include a 1975 Ducati 900 SS Superbike Prototype, winner of the 1979 AMA Superbike race, estimated at $80,000-$120,000; and a rare, early 1958 Ducati 125 GP, estimated at $100,000-$130,000.

"It’s true that the number of Ducatis we’ve consigned is impressive," says Nick Smith, Bonhams’ US Head of Motorcycles, "but it’s the quality and selection, not to mention the incredible pedigree, that’s just amazing. For Ducatisti – or anyone who ever wanted a Ducati – our auction represents a very special opportunity."

Italian motorcycle enthusiasts will also have the chance to bid on classic examples from manufacturers such as Laverda, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, Cagiva, Benelli, Parilla and Bimota.

The Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale takes place at the Rio Hotel & Casino on January 26.

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