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Famous rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis – known to fans as “The Killer” – sold his 1959 Harley at auction last weekend for a massive $385,000.
The original bad boy of rock ‘n’ roll, Lewis peaked in the 1950s and 60s with hits including ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”. Known as a fantastic showman, he attacked instruments with his feet and fists, creating a sound completely unique to him. However, as well as being a brilliant showman, he also knew how to build tension and keep his audience hooked.
His success is reflected in the fact that this particular bike was given to him by Harley Davidson in 1959 – the exact same bike that was presented to Elvis Presley later. To this day, Lewis upholds the story that ‘The King’ was jealous that he’d been given his motorcycle first and even jokingly offered to trade with him when he was finally presented one.
Despite the bike being 55 years old, it was still in great condition and only had 2,257 miles on the clock. However, the main reason for such a high price tag, was the celebrity name attached to it. The bike was valued by Mecum auctions – the company selling the bike – at $100,000 – $120,000 but sold for a massive $385,000.
However, this is by no means the most expensive bike to be sold. That prize goes to a custom Harley Davidson (HOG) used by actor Peter Fonda in the 1969 film Easy Rider. The bike, sold at auction last October, fetched a huge $1.35 million. The second-most expensive was a 1910 Winchester, which sold for $580,000.