International bike collectors’ paradise

An 1890 Eagle safety high wheel, the auction's top lot. Found at a Florida flea market, sold for $11,550.

14th annual antique bicycle auction was held recently in New York by Mike and Seth Fallon. Everything connected with bicycles was presented there – early boneshakers, high wheels and hard tire safeties, fine racing bicycles and, of course, many parts and memorabilia. This year’s sale included registered bidders from England, Japan and all over the United States.

The first lot, English silver-plate inkwell from the Roger Johnson collection with cut glass wells was sold for $7,150. The highlight of the sale was an 1890 Eagle safety high wheel that had been found at a Florida flea market. The item went for $11,550. An 1890 Victor model C cushion tire safety brought $7,425. Cushion tire bicycles were manufactured between solid tire and the revolutionary pneumatic tire invention.

Early period machines are highly sought after. A British Rudge 46-inch high wheel was sold for a very reasonable $4,675; a child’s hard tire safety brought $4,400; a Michaux boneshaker went for $5,500; early steel tricycles ranged from $375 to $1,100.

The auction traditionally bore the charitable character. Part of the proceeds would benefit St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

New to the sale this year were live auction bidders participating in the sale in real time from their home computers.

Published in: on May 26, 2005 at 6:51 am  Leave a Comment  

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