Published: October 18, 2022
COPAKE, N.Y. — A number of in-house bicycle collectors paddled like mad to win a White Cycle Co Bronco-style hard tire safety bicycle, which had been estimated at $4/6,000 but sold for $52,800 after more than 30 bids to a raised in-house bidder’s paddle at Copake Auctions’ 30th Annual Bicycle and Automobilia auction on October 15. The Westborough, Mass., maker produced a small number of this model in the brief period from 1890 to 1892. It features direct drive pedals on the rear wheel with the rider seated directly over that rear wheel. The last known sale of this model in 2018 brought $16,250. That example also included its original oil lamp headlight. It was the top lot in a sale of more than 900 lots. Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium; a more extensive sale recap will ride along in a future issue.
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