Bonhams locates the long-lost ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’
Baskets of potential
Held by Bonhams as “one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times,” the collection – dubbed the ‘Broughs of Bodmin Moor’ – comprises eight motorcycles either whole or in parts, including an ultra-rare four-cylinder example. Having languished in a Cornish barn for more than 50 years, the bikes were believed by many to have been destroyed, until Bonhams dispelled the urban myth by revealing the hoard. The auction house will offer this, the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors, at its Important Collectors’ Motorcycles sale in Stafford, on 24 April 2016. ‘All restorable’, the lots’ attached pre-sale estimates range from £6,000 to £120,000. Given the success of previous basket-case Broughs that have come to auction, we wouldn’t be surprised to see those estimates well exceeded.