The late Marlon Brando didn’t just portray and influence the biker lifestyle in The Wild One, he actually was an avid motorcycle enthusiast in his personal life long before the 1953 hit movie. One of his rides just fetched over a quarter-million dollars at a Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction. The 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide, with black sheet metal and “gangster whitewall” tires, had only 13,859 miles on the odometer when it was purchased by a lucky, and apparently well-heeled, enthusiast for a staggering $256,000.
Mr. Brando bought this sled on April 8, 1970, and was the original owner, leaving it pretty much stock and keeping it in very good condition. The engine is what the old boys called a “Shovel-Pan.” It had the Shovelhead top end with the old Panhead bottom end, evidenced by the peanut-hull shaped gearcase cover on the right side that accommodated the generator drive gear that ran off the cam gear, as opposed to the nosecone-style cover used on the later Shovelheads that replaced the generator with an internal alternator housed within the primary-drive cover.
This detail adds a bit of rarity to the bike, in addition to the star power bestowed upon it by its original owner, especially since the 1970 FLH model is listed as having the nosecone/alternator setup. This makes me believe that either this is not the original engine, or perhaps it is actually a 1969 ½ (maybe?) sold as a 1970 model. Whatever the case, the new owner must be tickled pink to score such an interesting and iconic sled. I only hope that said owner actually rides it (carefully) and doesn’t relegate it to a museum display.
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A 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide has been put up for auction at Julien’s Auctions on June 27, 2015. This isn’t just your regular classic Harley, though, because a certain Hollywood icon once owned this particular bike. That actor was Marlon Brando, who many of us remember for his iconic roles in the Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and Julius Caesar.
The history behind this specific Harley FLH Electra Glide began in 1970 when Brando first purchased it. Fast forward to 2015 and the Electra Glide is about to get a new owner, who could end up forking as much as $400,000 to own it.
That’s Julien’s Auctions pre-auction estimate of the bike, although something that once belonged to Don Vito Corleone himself could fetch a lot more than that. From what I’ve gathered, past motorcycles owned by Hollywood legends have commanded huge sums of money.
A recent example is music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who auctioned off his 1959 Harley-Davidson for $385,000 in January 2015. That winning bid is a stout one, but still pales in comparison to the Harley chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. That one sold for a whopping $1.35 million, making it the most expensive auction price for a motorcycle in history.
I don’t know if Brando’s ’69 FLH Electra Glide will hit that number, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it approaches seven figures. These pre-auction estimates are typically on the conservative side, especially when it comes to celebrity-owned items. If I we’re to make a guess, I think Brando’s Harley could sell for somewhere close to $700,000.
Fortunately, the auction is in two weeks so we won’t have to wait too long to find out how much it’ll go for.
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There comes a point in every collector’s life that you decide to finally dispose of your life’s work. For whatever reason, this always happens and depending on what you’re collecting, you find some kind of way to let go of all the things you’ve collected, better if you can make some money out of it. EJ Cole is one such person. He’s at the point in his life where he’s ready to finally move on with his life and get rid of his collection. On March 20 and 21, he’s going to do just that when puts up what is arguably the most valuable motorcycle collection in the world up for auction.
In case you’re wondering what constitutes Cole’s collection, auction house Mecum, which will facilitate the proceedings, says that the man has more than 220 of the rarest bikes in the world, spanning a collection that began more than 50 years ago. But this is the exciting part. According to Mecum, all of them must go. It’s the mother of motorcycle firesales and it’s going to be epic.
I don’t have the space to write down Cole’s entire collection, but perusing through the list revealed some astonishing gems, including a 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank that’s could become one of the world’s most expensive motorcycles, topping out at an estimated price of $1 million. This kind of price might be peanuts for car collectors, but a motorcycle reaching eight figures? That’s a rare occurrence even by today’s standards.
The Harley Strap Tank is the crown jewel of Cole’s collection, but he also has a handful of six-figure classic bikes, none more prominent than a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer that was once owned by none other than Steve McQueen. This beauty is estimated to fetch as much as $750,000, which you know, is a lot of green backs. Cole also has a 1911 Flying Merkel Board Tracker valued at $400,000, a 1942 Crocker valued at $350,000, and a 1913 Minneapolis Model S twin that could fetch $170,000.
In other words, Cole will likely walk away from the auction a very rich man.
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Harley-Davidson models with celebrity signatures are pretty cool items to have. But how often is it for somebody to own a Harley that has the signature of the Vicar of Christ in it. One such Harley, a FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic, was auctioned off at a Bonhams event in Paris, carrying with it a signature from no less than Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and received by Pope Francis.
Yep. The former pope signed it and the current pope received it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you turn a standard Harley FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic into a certified collectible.
Apparently, the signature of Benedict XVI was more than enough for the bike to attract its fair share of bidders. Having it received by Pope Francis added even more appeal to what is already a one-of-a-kind motorcycle. In the end, the holiest of Harleys went to a telephone bidder who surprised a lot of people by stepping up with a bid of €46,000. That’s about $52,000 based on current exchange rates.
The $52,000 may be a lot of money for a Harley, but this particular one is special for all the right reasons. Besides, the winning bidder has a history of collecting Harleys that have had audiences with the pontiff. Remember Pope Francis’ 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that was sold a year ago at the same auction? The bidder who bought that model is the same one that scooped this one up.
In the end, the Pope-blessed Harley auction will go to a good cause as proceeds of the auction will be sent to the Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish non-profit organization that provides care and support to children and families.
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If you have $60,000 (or more) and you’re anxious to buy a 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000, now is your chance! But hurry up because there are like 7 hours until the bids are off.
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