One of the world’s best known motorcycle collections is being dispersed and some extraordinary opportunities to own rare machinery will result when the Robert White Collection is auctioned by Bonhams (London) in September.
One of the world’s wealthiest and most enthusiastic motorcycle enthusiasts died last year, leaving an extraordinary motorcycle collection containing five spectacular Italian racing machines – two 1968/69 MV Agusta 350cc three-cylinder racers, a 1974 MV Agusta 500cc four-cylinder racer and a 1972 500cc three-cylinder racer plus a 1957 Gilera 500cc four-cylinder racer.
The primary determining factor in how much they will sell for is that the bikes are not originals, but perfect copies built in recent times by MV Meccanica Verghera (UK).
Hence the estimated prices are but a fraction of what an otherwise identical (but original) machine would sell for. There are pros (getting your hands on some awesome machinery at a huge discount) and cons (resale value) and this article seeks to paint the full picture.