Friday 28 October 2016

Top Gear hosts put bikes up for auction

Twelve motorcycles belonging to Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May (inset) are to be sold.

The pair, whose future is uncertain following colleague Jeremy Clarkson's sacking from the show, joked about their predicament after it was announced the bikes would go under the hammer at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale later this month.

"Just because I'm unemployed now doesn't mean I have to get rid of everything. I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest," May said.

"As a serious collector of motorcycles, it's important to review one's stable regularly, and the Bonhams Stafford sale is the ideal opportunity to move bikes on and possibly acquire new ones. I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone's interested," Hammond added.

Included in the sale is Hammond's 2010 Norton Commando 961SE, which could fetch as much as £18,500 (€25,341), while May's collection includes a 2010 Yamaha SR400, could go for £12,000.

Ben Walker, Bonhams international head of motorcycles, said: "Jokes aside, James and Richard are offering for sale some great motorcycles. We expect the collection to attract a lot of attention."

The sale is due to take place on April 26.


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