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Bonhams To Sell Collection of Mike Hailwood Memorabilia - March 21st 2007

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    Bonhams is delighted to announce the consignment of an important collection of Mike Hailwood trophy memorabilia to its sale at The International Classic MotorCycle Show, Stafford on 29April 2007.

    Arguably the greatest racing motorcyclist of all time, Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, known to all as `Mike', enjoyed an illustrious career at the very pinnacle of Grand Prix racing during the 1960s.

    The majority of the Hailwood memorabilia to be sold by Bonhams was purchased by the vendor from the Mike Hailwood Collection sale in November 1997.

    Spanning Mike's career from his days as a novice in the mid-1950s to his late-1970s comeback, this wonderful collection ranges from what is believed to be his first ever trophy, awarded at Blandford on 10 June 1957 for a 3rd place finish on a 50cc Itom (estimate 500-800) to his 1978 Isle of Man TT race helmet and bag (estimate 2,000-3,000). The collection's centrepiece is the 1961 Isle of Man TT Replica trophy awarded to Mike for winning the Senior race at 100.60mph on a Norton, the first of his seven victories in this blue-riband event (estimate 4,000-6,000).