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£200,000 bike breaks auction record

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A new British record has been set by the sale at auction of a vintage motorbike dating back to the 1930s.

The hammer fell at a record £214,900 for the classic 1939 Vincent-HRD 998cc Series-A Rapide at Bonhams in London.

And the previous British record was smashed just hours earlier - at the same auction - when an ex-Roland Martin, Brooklands, 1927 Zenith-JAP 8/4hp Championship Motorcycle Combination sold for £177,500.

Both sales surpassed the £166,500 price fetched in April by a 1934 Brough Superior 996cc SS100.

The most recent auction included bikes from the collection by renowned vintage motorbike enthusiast Brian Verrall.

Ben Walker, head of Bonhams' Motorcycle Department, commented: "I am absolutely delighted with these results achieved.

"It must also be acknowledged that the success of the sale had much to do with the discrimination and good judgment Brian Verrall had when he built this outstanding collection."

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