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Someone has paid more than 60,000 euros for John Lennon's Honda Monkey, and it may not even be real
Someone has paid more than 60,000 euros for John Lennon's Honda Monkey, and it may not even be real

If yesterday we were talking about an unconventional Lamborghini motorcycle that went up for auction but nobody wanted to pay for it almost 100,000 euros and it returned to its original owner's house, today we bring you another very, very curious motorcycle that was awarded during the same H&H auction.

It is neither more nor less than a small Monkey for which they have paid no less than 56,250 pounds sterling, or what amounts to a whopping 62,880 euros. Why? You ask. Well, very easy, because it belonged to such an illustrious character as John Lennon. Now all that glitters may not be gold.

A record price for a Honda Monkey


The unit in question is a 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey whose original owner was John Lennon, the musician of The Beatles and for which more than 10,000 euros above the estimated value, making it the most expensive Monkey sold to date.

John Harington, its previous owner, claimed that the motorcycle was in his property for 47 years after he bought it in 1971 from Henry Graham, a dealer who reportedly bought the motorcycle directly from Lennon. A motorcycle that matches the photos in which the British is seen riding it, although now the interesting thing comes.

Way back, a decade ago, another Monkey with the same XUC91H number on your license plate It was sold at a Bonhams auction. For that other unit that in theory was sold to an individual by Ringo Starr, they were paid 36,000 pounds (40,242 euros).

Although in the photographs of the time it appears black / white as the unit sold in Bonhams, H&H defends tooth and nail that its Monkey is the real one, ensuring that it has an original registration containing the engine and chassis numbers associated with the license plate. This means that at some point it should have been restored and changed color to red / silver, but also have transferred the license plate to another unit since the Bonhams was a 160Z Monkey and the H&H a Z50A.

In any case, this small motorcycle of 50 cubic centimeters and with a power of 2 hp has been postulated as one of the most expensive mopeds ever sold, although now the doubts are served. Will it be authentic? Are they both authentic?