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He used the bike as a fun way of getting around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey

Motorcycle history was made by auctioneers H&H Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum in the UK earlier this month when the company sold two iconic bikes for record prices for their categories.

The biking fraternity turned up in strength to bid for John Lennon’s 1969 HondaZ50A “Monkeybike” which sold for £57500 (over R951000); while a pre-production Honda CB750 fetched £161000.

There was huge excitement for the John Lennon “Monkeybike” when its turn came to go under the hammer.

Lennon used the bike as a fun way of getting around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey, where he lived from 1969 to 1971.

H&H Classics’ pre-sale estimate for the bike was that it would sell for at least £30000 – the final bid was nearly double that.

The name “Monkeybike” was inspired by the appearance of riders on the extremely compact, small Honda motorcycles. The riders were described as looking like monkeys.

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