24th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction & Swap Meet
Featuring the Howie Cohen Collection from Colorado (including ephemera, collectibles, posters etc.), A Templeton, MA Bicycle collection (including rare Rudge Adult Tricycle) & More!
Auction: Saturday April 18, 2015 @ 9 am
Swap Meet: Friday April 17 @ 6 am – $25 vendor fee – Free Public Admission
Gallery Preview Dates/Times: Thursday April 16, 11-5 PM – Friday April 17, 11-5 PM – Saturday April 18, 8-9 AM
Copake Auction will hold its 24th Annual Antique and Classic Bicycle auction on Saturday April 18th at 9AM. The annual swap meet will be held on Friday April 17th from 6AM until dusk. The swap meet is held in the field behind the Copake Auction and features vendors with bicycle related items and other collectables. Last year there were 70 vendors and people from all over the United States and Europe attending both the auction and the swap meet. On Friday April 17th Carlton Reid of Newcastle Upon Tyne in The United Kingdom will give a presentation at 3PM on his new book “Roads Were Not Built For Cars”. Previews will be Thursday April 16th 11-5PM, Friday April 17th 11-5PM and Saturday April 18th 8AM until 9AM. Copake Auction is known worldwide for its annual bicycle auctions and gets collectors attending in person from all over the world.
This year’s sale features The Howie Cohen collection from Colorado, a Templeton Mass. collection and a Hollywood California horde of Bowden bicycles with memorabilia. Also featured in this year’s sale will be a collection of over 200 bicycle lamps from the mid-west as well as a select group of bicycles from two European Museums.
Some featured items include a rare large size Albert Augustus Zimmerman French poster, a rare C. 1888 Humber Rudge Adult Tricycle tandem “The Traveller Tandem” (estimate $15,000-$18,000) and five Bowden bicycles. From a British collection will be a rare C. 1869 French boneshaker signed “Ephren Jean”. Also included will be a C. 1889 Springfield Roadster high wheel (estimate $5,000-$7,000) and a scarce 39” Pony Star high wheel (estimate $5,000-$7,000).
Significant machines from the Pneumatic tire era include a rare Old Hickory wooden frame bicycle (estimate $4,000-$7,000), a rare C. 1896 bamboo bicycle (consigned from Europe). Copake Auction will offer the best Pierce cushion tire frame chainless bicycle the gallery has ever seen. Other pneumatic safeties of note include a Reading Standard, Iver Johnson full suspension model, Elliot Hickory, Columbia Chainless, 1915 Dayton with leaf spring suspension and more.
Balloon bicycles of note include (5) rare Bowdens (including one prototype). There were only 544 examples of these futuristic machines made. Benjamin G. Bowden (1906-1998) designed the Healey Elliot sports car as well as worked on the design of early Chevy Corvettes and the iconic Ford Thunderbird. Other desirable balloon bicycles will include Schwinn Phantom, Monark Silver King, Elgin Twin 40, Huffman Zephyr, J.C. Higgins, Roadmaster and many more.
Of special interest is a 1986 Raleigh Raam (race across America) from The Peddling History Museum. The bike was used by racer and world record holder Pete Penseyres. Also to be included and a personal favorite of auctioneer Mike Fallon is a 1926 French Vialle Freres Monocock bicycle from a European Museum. A selection of 1980’s BMX bicycles from a Dutchess County estate will be offered. Also offered will be a very rare C. 1910 Abel (Berlin Germany) figural bicycle gas lamp (estimate $400-800), “A rare item and the only figural lamp we’ve ever offered” added Seth Fallon.
Significant historic items include an archive of letters and photographs from 19th c. Wheelmen Frank George Lenz consigned from a California estate. Author and historian David V. Herlihy was a guest lecturer at Copake Auction in 2012 discussing his book on Lenz, “The Lost Cyclist”. Also of historic interest will be a rare 1883 Tricycle race medal and the A. A. Zimmerman posters. Zimmerman (Freehold N.J.) was America’s first world champion. Also included will be Major Taylor items, racing memorabilia, toys, posters, signs, medals and collectables. A large group of ephemera will include rare bicycle catalogs, books, photographs and more.