By the Numbers: Bonhams BMW Auction

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Bonhams
100 Percentage of auction items sold, both by lot and by value, making this Bonhams' most successful motorcycle sale. All items came from the collection of Willy Neutkens, a retired BMW dealer from the Netherlands. The Guinness Book of Records recognized Neutkens' as the largest single-make motorcycle collection in the world.
1 Number of Airheads missing from Neutkens' collection. Excepting the 1925 R37, he owned one of every air-cooled BMW model made. Every single-cylinder model as well.
94 Number of lots, comprised of 91 BMW motorcycles, one Ural sidecar, one BMW engine and one wooden model.
1000 Number of people who crowded into the BMW Museum in Munich, where the auction was held.
320 Number of registered bidders.
$885,000- $1,170,000 Auction's estimated value, pre-sale.
$1,557,600 Final auction total
$163,875 Hammer price for Lot 40, a 1924 BMW R32, subject of a five-person, three-continent bidding battle. This was the most expensive motorcycle sold at the auction.
1500 Number of R32s built in 1924. This was the first motorcycle model sold under the BMW name.
$39,675 Price the BMW Museum paid to secure Lot 76, the ex-works ISDT 1953 BMW R67/2, considered the spiritual father of BMW's wildly popular GS enduro bikes.
3 Finishing position of the West German team of Georg Meier, Hans Roth and Walter Zeller in the 1953 International Six Days Trial, on that very bike.
105,633 Number of miles an anonymous woman put on her 1982 BMW R65LS, over a period of 14 years, before trading it in to Neukens' dealership. She bought it back at this auction for $3795.
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