Cars, Motor Cycles and Rock & Roll

A COYS First

A 1933 Rolls Royce, one of the largest collections of motorcycle trophies and a world famous guitar are some of the highlights of a unique auction, which has been put together by international Auction House COYS

The Auction, which will be held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on March 12th, will see three important sales in one and the auction house once again bucking the current economic trend. "We are known around the world for out international car sales which we hold in London and throughout Europe but this is the first time that we have combined cars, motorcycles and rock and roll," said Managing Director Chris Routledge. He added: " At a time when investors are looking to put their money into tangible assets we have decided to not only increase the number of auctions that we carry out every year but also to look at new auction areas. Motorcycles attract the same sort of collectors as cars and we believe that rock and roll fits in very well."   

The auction house has set up a new 'ROCK' department which is headed up by Julius Thurgood, an authorative motoring auction market pundit whose first experiences with the electric guitar came way back in 1965 when he used to visit the Fenton Weill workshops in Turnham Green,close to his school in London. Julius will be assisted by expert, Melvyn Hiscock, who needs little introduction in the guitar world. Authorship of the seminal instructionbook 'Make your own Electric guitar' has guided countless guitarists through the trials and tribulations of guitar ownership and upkeep -Melvyn's commercial insight into the vintage instrument marketplace has been accumulated from a lifetime of travel and writing on the subject - his font of knowledge is unsurpassed in the genre and is an invaluableasset to the new departmentJulius Thurgood said: "

COYS ROCK offers vendors a fresh marketplace where vintage guitars and related ephemera can be exposed to a client base that hitherto has not experienced direct access to the investment bonuses offered by these rare and collectible instruments.  Several important guitars that have been consigned including arguably one of the most charismatic guitars in the history of British Blues, A1952 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, complete with its distinctive trapeze tailpiece, and once owned by Duster Bennett. It was given to him by peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who got it from Eric Clapton 

COYS ROCK is proud to inform prospective buyers that the vendor's fees have been waived by the company and will go, with the consent ofthe vendor, to Duster Bennett's widow - Stella.Estimate: Refer Department COYS is also hosting its first ever-dedicated motorcycle sale as part of the trio of sales being held under one roof A corner stone of this sale is the trophy collection of the late Hirst Mitchell. Hirst was a rider with Kirkburton Motor Cycle club and competed on The Isle of Man and at Donington Park as well as more local West Yorkshire venues. The trophies will be offered in 6 lots, each with a guide price of £140 - 200.Head of COYS Collectors Department Guy Loveridge said: "We are delighted that our first dedicated motor cycle sale has attracted not only the Bob Richardson collection, but also the trophies of Hirst Mitchell. Hirst rode all over the UK in the inter-war years, and then, after 1945, took to the water, rising to be Commodore of the Windermere Motor boat Club, and to assisting Donald Campbell with his water speed runs, in the capacity of chief-timekeeper. We anticipate keen bidding on these and the other motorcycle lots."  More than 50 cars will go under the hammer including a 1936 Dodge D2 RS Coupe.Beautifully restored and complete with rare twin sidemounts and spare rear wheel. No reserve. Also on offer is a 1933 Rolls Royce 20/25 by Thrupp and Maberly with Just 2 owners from new with touring trunk and original continental coloured lamp covers. No reserve and a 1960 Bentley Continental Flying Spur -No Reserve!