2018 Las Vegas
Motorcycle Auction

The 2018 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is almost here. In the classic car biz, they have their "Auction Week" every year in Scottsdale AZ, also in January. That evolved out of Barrett-Jackson's huge car auction there that attracted so many buyer and sellers that other auction companies joined in. Today there are half-a-dozen-or-auction big classic car auctions during that week in Scottsdale, hence the name "Auction Week". In the classic motorcycle biz, these Las Vegas Auctions are just about the biggest thing going. Here to it all started with one auction company, in this case MidAmerica Auctions, who came to Vegas in 1990, and slowly built it up over the years to a 3-day sale with upwards of 700 bikes. The resulting buyer draw attracted Bonhams Auction Co. who hosts a one-day sale of a couple of hundred bikes each year on Thursday. A few years ago, RM Auctions came in trying to bump MidAmerica from their spot, running their 3-day auction on the same 3 days as MidAmerica and doing whatever they could to steal the business away. MidAmerica's loyal audience stuck with MidAmerica, giving them a record-setting sale, and RM never came back. A couple of years later, MidAmerican sold their business to car auction giants Mecum Auctions, and they've grown the sale considerably. Last year, they boasted 1,000 bikes in a 4-day sale. This year, they are promising 1,750 bikes in a 5-day sale. Should be one heckuva Auction Week.

2018 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Catalog

ABOVE & BELOW: Here are a few excerpts from Mecum's auction catalog. Again, there are hundreds of bikes. View their whole auction catalog at www.Mecum.com.

2018 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction -
BE THERE!

I attend this auction every year. It's not only probably the best place to buy or sell classic motorcycles, it's like the world's largest motorcycle show. This one will be bigger and better than ever, almost 2,000 bikes in all (including Bonham's 200-or-so). I'll be there taking tons of gorgeous pictures and video for my website, of bikes, selling action, and bike nuts like me having fun. The Mecum auction takes place at the South Point Resort & Casino and runs from Tuesday January 23 through Saturday January 27. We stay at the South Point ourselves, which is not only convenient, but means that we end up in elevators, and gaming tables and in restaurants with other bike junkies like ourselves. Bonhams' has their 1-day sale on Thursday January 25 at the Rio Hotel & Casino. And on top of all those bikes, it's Vegas! And I mean that in a good way. Join me in soaking up all this motorcycle history. Maybe I'll see you there.


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