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Single family ownership for over 50 years 'Black Prince' project makes new world record at Bonhams June sale

A 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Prince restoration project - disassembled around 1967 and never since restored created a bidding frenzy, as two bidders on the phone battled against bidders in the packed saleroom at Bonhams Summer Classic sale in Oxford for their most coveted item.

Both bidders had a personal attachment to the bike; one having owned a Black Knight in his youth but always yearned for the superior Black Prince, the other (the eventual winner) sharing a birth year with the bike, and wanting to gift himself the Prince for his birthday.

The high performance motorcycle project eventually sold for almost four times its estimate at £91,100, becoming the top lot of the motorcycle sale and setting a world record for a Black Prince sold at auction.

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