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It’s nearly time for Christmas; so many bikers may be day-dreaming about finding cutting edge new kit and perhaps even a brand new bike under the tree on Christmas morning. However, a vintage bike has actually broken all records, by selling for an unbelievable price at auction this month.
Lawrence of Arabia was a hero of the First World War, made famous for the work he did in the Middle East. His passion for motorcycles was well known, as he famously owned eight Brough Superior bikes. Now one of his vast collection has sold at auction for a whopping £315,000. The previous auction record was just over £291,000 back in 2012, but this has been completely smashed by the new record.
Brough superior bikes are still extremely desirable, and each came with a certificate stating that the bike had been tested at the Brooklands racetrack at over 100mph with no problems.
Unfortunately TE Lawrence actually died in 1935, shortly after leaving the RAF, following a traffic accident whilst riding one of his Brough Superior bikes – one he had nicknamed George VIII. Apparently he was riding at speed when he was forced to swerve to avoid two boys who appeared in the road – he was only 45 years old. Nevertheless, I’m sure he would be very happy to know that his passion for these bikes will be carried on by the new owner.
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