Mecum Las Vegas 2022 motorcycle auction takes January sales to $239 million

1917 Henderson Model G

(February 4, 2021)  With January 2022 now in the rearview, Mecum Auctions has once again put its official stamp of success into the record books with total sales from the world’s largest motorcycle auction reaching a combined total of $239 million. Mecum Kissimmee 2022 — held Jan. 6-16 in Florida — saw nearly 3,000 vehicles change hands for $217 million in overall sales, while Mecum’s 31st Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction — held in Las Vegas this past weekend — continued the auction house’s long line of highly successful events, reaching $22 million in sales for a 21% increase over last year’s Las Vegas motorcycle auction.


In all, 1,221 motorcycles were sold of the 1,310 offered in Las Vegas for an outstanding sell-through rate of more than 93%. With the excellent results achieved in both Kissimmee and Las Vegas reaching a cumulative total of $239 million, January 2022 stands as the company’s highest-grossing month in its 35-year history.

1938 Brough Superior SS100

All of the top 10 sellers at the Las Vegas auction achieved impressive six-figure sale prices with a 1938 Brough Superior SS100  leading the pack at $236,500. The iconic motorcycle boasted a professional restoration and resulting awards including People’s Choice from the San Jose Clubman Show and Best of Show at El Camino.

Runner-up among Vegas top sales was a celebrated 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C ( that sold for $231,000. A 1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder  and a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead  tied for the third and fourth seat among top sales bringing $203,500 each, followed by a 1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin , three Indian Four Cylinders, another Knucklehead and a 1931 Henderson Four Cylinder.

Private collections were well received at the auction with the headlining Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection achieving more than $4.1 million in sales and The Bob & Dolva Mitchell Collection selling in its entirety and seeing its 14 motorcycles bring an aggregate $1.3 million. The desirable five-bike offering from Dr. J. Craig Venter also sold in its entirety for a total of $821,700. The Brown Family Collection achieved $911,350 overall, and The Robert Richardson Collection saw 12 of its cycles hammer sold for a total of $444,400.

1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow

Road Art also found great success in Vegas with $553,342 in total sales achieved and top-selling lots including a handful of bronze sculptures by celebrated artist Jeff Decker. A life-sized rendering of Joe Petrali sold for $88,500, while his work titled “Neck and Neck with Death” brought $67,260. Decker’s “Harley-Davidson Bronze Bullet Sidecar” statue (Lot Z539) came in as Road Art’s third highest seller at $47,200.

The complete top 10 motorcycle sales at Mecum Las Vegas 2022 include:

    1    1938 Brough Superior SS100 at $236,500
    2    1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow at $231,000
    3    1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder at $203,500
    4    1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead at $203,500
    5    1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin  at $165,000
    6    1939 Indian Four Cylinder at $159,500
    7    1941 Harley-Davidson TA Knucklehead  at $154,000
    8    1932 Indian Four Cylinder  at $154,000
    9    1940 Indian Four Cylinder at $154,000
  10    1931 Henderson Four Cylinder at $154,000