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Highest price paid for a vintage road bike??

Old 10-31-10, 09:29 PM
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Highest price paid for a vintage road bike??

Just wondering on this halloween night, if anyone out there knows what is (or about) the highest price paid for a vintage road bike-and , of course, what was the road bike. Im guessing it would probably be an old Coppi Bianchi that he road in one of the great races back in the day? I would also guess that highest price ever paid would be around 30k.
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However much it was - I would guess that it was ridiculously low as-compared to other vintage collectibles.
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Off the top of my head...

Last year there was an auction for LiveStrong that had customized modern Treks. The Butterfly sold for half a million which I believe is the most ever spent on a single bicycle. Most of the others went for $100k-$200k.

The most expensive new bike I know of is the Aurumania’s Gold Bike Crystal edition which is a basically unridable gold and Swarovski crystal-covered road bike that costs a bit over $100k.

When the Schwinn collection was auctioned off in '98 the highest bid was for an 1869 Dexter at $24k and change. I think this is still the most expensive "vintage" bike, although I'm sure there are some higher priced ones with racing heritage.

The Dexter record was almost broken a while back when a 1898 Record Lamplighter's bike sold for $24k even at a Sotheby's auction. It looks like a modern tallbike, allowing the rider to light streetlamps while seated.
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So the highest price for a VINTAGE BIKE was 24k, while the most expensive vintage guitar that I know of went for 375k (a 1949 Fender Broadcaster)
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Well, the most I ever spent was about $2,200. for a 60th Anniversary Hetchins frame. I'm usually in the couple hundred dollar range, and build em up from parts.
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My personal limit for any single bike is no more that what a new entry level road bike sells for at the local LBS. I have yet to have come close to that mark. The most I have paid is about 1/2 of that mark.

Of course, this limits me from having some really top end vintage bike, but you can find pretty nice stuff within this limit.

+1 I do not include parts I use to upgrade the bike in my limit. But I tend to have enough donor parts on hand, that the out of pocket upgrade cost is reasonable.
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Old 11-01-10, 08:50 AM
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hmmm,maybe a good price.
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