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Huge 203-bike selection of classic machines up for auction

Complete Michael Embacher collection up for grabs

Fancy riding a piece of history, or picking up a unique wall hanger that'll get all your cycling mates talking? On May 19 the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna Austria is selling a selection of bikes that are gorgeous, historically significant, plain oddball or all three.

The bikes comprise the entire collection of architect Michael Embacher, which has been featured in two books, Smart Move and Cyclopedia. Embacher is described as having as an "interest in creative, rare, offbeat, and even bravely failed models" that led him to start collecting bikes in 2003.

It's not clear why he's selling up, but if you're looking for something special for an Eroica-type ride, here's your chance.

In the gallery above, we've picked out a dozen that caught our eye, from classic steel road bikes of the down-tube-shifters era, to vital pieces of cycling history such as the Lotus bike, original Moulton and Kirk Precision. Pop it out or make it full screen to read a bit more about each bike.

Opening prices range from a mere 50 Euros all the way to 6,000 for a special edition Alex Moulton space frame.

There's no need to fly to Vienna for the auction, as you can bid online on all 203 bikes in the collection. Take a look at the catalog for more details and lots more bikes.

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