Bonhams to Auction R32 and Others in Munich

Bonhams to Auction R32 and Others in Munich

The world renowned auction house, Bonhams, returns to the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany on October 1, for an exclusive single marque auction featuring BMW motorcycles, cars and BMW automobilia. In this auction, 23 BMW motorcycles will go under the hammer — from an 1925 R32 to a 1992 K1, the motorcycles presented cover a large portion of BMW Motorrad history.

Circa 1925 BMW R32

The R32, the first BMW motorcycle model, which was launched at the Berlin motor show in 1923, is sure to create worldwide interest, as will the 1926 R42 and the 1927 R47. These three historic models are beautifully restored and are sought-after examples of early BMW technical development.

1936 BMW R17
1927 BMW R42

Also in the catalog is a 1970 ex-Georg Averbacher 500cc Rennsport outfit. This machine is an integral part of BMW’s dominance of the World Sidecar Championship between 1954 and 1974 and is sure to attract a lot of attention.


Swiss engineer Fritz Egli – the world famous frame designer and motorcycle producer – has put his name to many desirable models. In 1994 the unique Egli-BMW K1100RS was built for a German BMW Motorrad dealer. It was the only one produced and it too will find a new owner at the Bonhams BMW auction.


Other notable motorcycles to be auctioned are a 1936 R35 single, a 1928 R62, a 1939 R66, a very rare 1936 R17 and a 1953 R68 – the first 100 mph (160 km/h) production BMW motorcycle.

1952 BMW R68

In 2009, the BMW Museum hosted Bonhams’ auction of the Willy Neutken’s collection – at the time the world’s largest private collection of BMW motorcycles. An audience of over 1,000 people gathered in the BMW Museum in Munich to witness a sell-out auction. That event also had an R32 which sold for a record price of over €100,000 (about $150,000).

“That was a fantastic auction with the R32 reaching a record price and many others very good figures. We are looking forward to this BMW auction with a deal of excitement. There are many beautiful examples up for auction and we are sure they will attract attention from around the world,” said Ben Walker, Bonhams’ motorcycle representative.

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