Elvis Presley's 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide, the last motorcycle owned by the King, is going on sale at GWS Auctions. The baby-blue bike is set to become the world's most expensive motorcycle and is expected to fetch between US$1.75m and US$2m.
Elvis purchased the motorcycle a year before his death in 1977 and had barely used it, thus showing just 126 miles on the odometer. The Harley Davidson has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota for over 30 years. The owner of the bike has decided to sell the bike for the first time in over three decades as it has been the centerpiece of their museum for a very long time.
Elvis pictured with his 1957 black Harley FLH
Elvis was well-known for his love for motorcycles but often donated his favourite "toys" after a short time of enjoyment. The bike, purchased by Elvis on August 11, 1976, was delivered to Graceland and it was later sold to a local Harley Davidson dealership. The 1976 Harley Davidson is expected to smash the world auction record of the dearest motorcycle. Currently, the record is held by the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle which sold for US$929,000 with buyer's premium at Bonhams last year.
The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle which sold for US$929,000 holds the current world auction record of the dearest motorcycle
The extremely well-preserved Harley includes a number of custom features, with Presley choosing a black and blue two-tone paint job, stitched leather seat and chrome accents. Although not owned by the King, the bike is still registered in Presley's name, making it even more precious.
The 1973 Lincoln Continental "Last" Limousine, owned and driven by Elvis, will also be on offer in the same sale
Titled "Artifacts of Hollywood and Music", the sale also offers numerous Elvis items, including his personally owned shirts, coats and vests. For those who are interested in cars, the auction also presents other museum exhibited cars owned by Elvis Presley, such as the 1973 Lincoln Continental "Last" Limousine which was never offered at auction before as well as his Circle G Ranch 1967 GMC Pickup Truck.