On Saturday 23 November Sotheby’s in New York held a charity auction in aid of RED, a charity founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage business and people in the fight against AIDS.
Designers Jony Ive (design boss at Apple) and Marc Newson collaborated with musician Bono to organise the charity auction and one of the 44 lots was a replica of the Lambretta ridden by Jimmy in the film Quadrophenia. To add to this,
it was also signed by Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey from The Who. Because of these, and no doubt because the replica looks pretty damn good, auctioneer Sotheby’s put an estimate on the Lambretta of U$30,000 — 50,000. They were probably considering too that back in December 2008, Bonhams’ auction house sold the ‘original’ Lambretta used in the 1979 film, complete with the logbook for the KRU 251F number plate (the F was covered over for the film as it was set in 1964 and this was a 1967 scooter). How much of the bike was original and how much fitted at a later date as the scooter was privately owned and used as such, is of course unknown… Anyway the Bonhams’ estimate for the scooter was between £20,000 and £25,000 but it eventually went for £36,000 include buyer’s premium and other stuff you have to pay after an auction.