The 24th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction was held on Saturday April 18, 2015 @ 9AM. The sale featured The Howie Cohen collection from Colorado, a Templeton Mass. collection and a Hollywood California horde of Bowden bicycles with memorabilia. Also a collection of over 200 bicycle lamps from the mid-west and a select group of bicycles from two European Museums.
(The following prices include Buyer’s Premium)
Description: C. 1888 “Pony” star high wheel safety, patented by George Pressey of Hammonton NJ, produced by H.B. Smith Machine Co. Smithville NJ. Very original example, untouched condition. Serial no. 3626, retains identification badge, cast bell, possibly original saddle, 24″ front 39″ rear wheels, original grips, brakes, Old Sol head lamp, tires appear to be replaced. Very good rider, one of the best original Stars we have offered. This is the smallest example of this machine we have offered.
Estimate: 5,000.00 – 7,000.00
Description: 1886 Singer “The Traveller Tandem” made in Coventry (“Humbers Patent”). Singer had a license from Humber and the front part is quickly detachable leaving a ‘Humber’ type single machine when desired. See H. H. Griffin, Bicycles & Tricycles of the Year 1886. Serial no. 41515, 44″ wheels, 40″ W x 6′ 8″ L. Older restoration, very good condition.
Estimate: 15,000.00 – 18,000.00
Description: C. 1960’s Bowden “Spacelander” bicycle in “charcoal” black. Retains rear rack (usually missing), manufactured by Bomard Industries, Grand Haven Michigan, designed by Benjamin Bowden, an English industrial designer noted for his work on early Chevrolet Corvettes and the iconic Ford Thunderbird. This model represents industrial design as art. Mr. Bowden finally produced approx. 522 bicycles circa 1957-1961. Ex Jimmy Valentine collection, North Hollywood, CA. Serial #B009969. Very good condition.
Estimate: 4,000.00 – 5,000.00
Description: C. 1889 – 1891 Columbia light roadster hard tire safety having 21″ split section frame, spring fork, coaster pegs, chain guard, rear step, front and rear fenders, front activated rear brake. 32″ front and 31″ rear wheels, matching grips and pedals, restored correct saddle. A scarce large frame model in very good restored condition.
Estimate: 6,000.00 – 8,000.00
Description: Exceptional C. 1898 Pierce chainless 22″ frame pneumatic safety “cushion” frame model having double leaf spring front forks and “Hygenic Wheel Co.” rear shock (made for Pierce). This restored example has all the bells and whistles including Kelly handle bars, celluloid grips, “Christy” anatomical saddle, Pierce Arrow logo leather tool pouch, matching pedals, New Departure (made for Pierce) front and rear hubs, matching “Elizabethtown Universale Tire Co.” red, 28″ button tread tires. Stunning restoration, super paint with color matched rims, excellent nickel plating. The best Pierce we have ever offered.
Estimate: 5,000.00 – 8,000.00
Description: Very rare C. 1897-1898 Old Hickory 24 1/2″ wooden frame pneumatic safety made in Chicago by the Tonk Mfg. Co.. Claimed to be the first wooden safety bicycle. Originally cost $100.00. This example retains signed front gusset with pat. Date (May 4, 1897). Period saddle, matching pedals, matching Harper Rubber Co. tires, missing one grip. Good condition.
Estimate: 4,000.00 – 7,000.00
Description: Frank George Lenz (1867-1894), avid cyclist and photographer, famous for his attempt to circumnavigate the world. Lenz perished near Erzurum Turkey at the hands of local tribesmen in May of 1894, almost 2 years after his departure. “Outing” Magazine sponsored the expedition. This collection includes 10 original photos and letters, some are unpublished. Photo’s “scene from the great west” as published in David Herlihy’s epic tale “The Lost Cyclist”. Some photo’s are titled including “school in Northern Alabama”, “waterwheel mill near New VA”, “poolroom Hagerstown Bicycle CLub”, “McCalla Alabama”, “National Pike near B…O”. Plus earlier photos of Lenz on his high wheel. Sizes range from 3 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ 0 4 1/4″ x 7 1/4″, photos have creases and imperfections. Envelopes from China Japan, Tenton NJ and New York City, plus letters C. 1889 – 1893. Letter describing a trip to New York in 1889 and from China in 1893. The envelopes are addressed to “Pettocord Bros. Pittsburgh PA”. This archive is of one ot the world’s greatest Wheelmen.
Estimate: 800.00 – 1,200.00
Description: Rare C. 1890’s French poster (framed) Jean de Paleologue frame size 60 1/2″ x 44 1/2″, sight 56 1/2″ x 41″, “Zimmerman”, artist “Pal”. Imprimerle Paul Dupont Paris. Note: this is a rare image of America’s first world champion. Good condition.
Estimate: 3,000.00 – 5,000.00
Description: C. 1889 Royal Mail 50″ high wheel ordinary bicycle, imported by William Reed and Sons Baltimore, manufactured in Birmingham England. Leaf spring saddle mount signed “The Royal Mail….The Royal Sewing Machine Company…”. Straight handle bars, wooden grips, spring loaded brake handle. Restored condition, very good nickel plate and paint.
Estimate: 3,000.00 – 4,000.00
Description: C. 1939 Elgin Twin 40 Deluxe Twin bar bicycle. Good original paint and chrome. Head shroud with built in headlight and horn. Allstate Whitewall tires.
Estimate: 1,200.00 – 1,500.00
Description: C. 1979-1984 P.K. Ripper loop tail “SE Racing” aluminum frame bicycle. Accessories include: Kashimax Aero saddle, Dia-Comp front and rear brakes, Tuff Neck seat post stem, Sugino crank set, VP bear trap pedals, Sunshine hubs, rims stamped UKAI 24 x 175, Cheng Shin Tyre “O” tires, Tuf Neck handle bar clamp, “FME” grips. Stunning restoration.
Estimate: 800.00 – 1,200.00
Description: Boneshaker velocipede bicycle, unknown maker, age unknown (?1860). Appears to be blacksmith made. Wooden frame and wheels with wrought iron bracing and carriage bolt fasteners. Old chrome yellow paint. 27″ Front, 23″ rear wheels. 57″ L. x 26″ W. x 42 1/2″ Ht. x 27″ seat Ht.. Overall good condition old paint surface. Includes photo.
Estimate: 1,500.00 – 2,500.00
Description: Scarce autographed Major Taylor postcard. Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932), has tack hole. Provenance Howie Cohen Collection Colorado.
Estimate: 50.00 – 100.00
Description: 1949 Schwinn B-6, Restoration. This model features knee action forks, cycle lock (no key), fore-wheel brake, rear expander brake, Mesinger saddle, cross brace handle bar, Schwinn grips, rear carrier, Stewart-Warner Cadet Speedo. Stunning two-tone paint, Schwinn Typhoon cord white side wall tires. Very good restored condition.
Estimate: 800.00 – 1,000.00
Description: C. 1986 Raleigh Raam (Race Across America) bicycle used by Pete Penseyres. Penseyres set many records including the solo transcontinental speed record. Provenance included with lot: signed poster, extensive family history and clothing. Bicycle specs include home engineered Aero bars, Aero sports rims, Campagnolo C Record Gruppo components. Frame #19 Raleigh Technium utilizing Easton Kevlar, Carbon fiber, aluminum tubing. Bicycle came directly to the Peddling History Museum from Pete Penseyres. Very good condition.
Estimate: 2,000.00 – 3,000.00
Description: C. 1960’s Schwinn 13 1/2″ frame sting Ray “Orange Krate” bicycle. Features: springer fork, rear shocks, front expander brake, rear disc brake. Appears very original. Seat worn, good paint and chrome. 16 x 1 3/4 Schwinn Superior front and 20 x 2.125 Slick aftermarket rear tires. Good condition.
Estimate: 150.00 – 250.00