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TV personality's rides far outstrip their price guides as set by auction house...

Planet X Bikes have snapped up a few of the choicest items from the auction of Jimmy Saville's bicycle collection in Leeds.

The bikes won include a Viking Superlite racing cycle with 12 gears, which sold for £850, an Oscar Egg cycle, purchased by Sir Jimmy to replace the original on which he did the Tour of Britain in 1951, with original rider numbers worn by Sir Jimmy in the race, which sold for £2,400, a Carlton twelve gear racing cycle that sold for £800 and anothe Viking Superlite that sold for £800, according to the catalogue.

Brant from Shedfire, who designs Planet X bikes, wrote on his blog: "We kept this a bit quiet, but Planet X have won the auctions for the following Jimmy Saville items this morning.

"We'll be displaying his bikes at our showroom in Rotherham, just of J34 of the M1, next to Magna Sheffield."

The Planet X boys were obviously superkeen for these bikes; as we reported a few weeks ago, the bikes were listed with price guides of £200 to £300 each, with the most expensive being the Oscar Egg at £400 to £600. Bidding must have been tough!

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.