Published: April 20, 2004
A 1937 Elgin bicycle propelled by a drive shaft, the best one of four known examples, sold for a record $20,900 on April 17 at Copake Auction. Of the four known examples, this is the only one in original finish. It sold to a mid-western collector bidding on the telephone.
A circa 1885 adult tricycle with 48-inch rear wheels was made by Victor in Chicopee, Mass., and brought $16,500, and a rare circa 1865 adult tricycle bone-shaker that was found in the Dayton, Ohio, area fetched $11,000. The bone-shaker, which was in storage for many years, was made by an Ohio blacksmith.
A 1937 Indian with saddlebags made in Germany under license from the Springfield, Mass., company and retailed by American vendors was also $11,000.
A full report on the sale will appear in a future issue.
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