RM Auctions America acquires Bator vintage motorcycle company

RM Auctions has come a long way in relatively few years. The Canadian automotive auction house has only been around a couple of decades – a drop in the bucket compared to rivals like Bonhams, Gooding & Co or even Barrett-Jackson – but has quickly become one of the biggest names in the business, gaining access to places like Maranello and Villa d'Este where no other auction house has gone before.

Only a few months ago, RM Auctions announced the acquisition of Auctions America, and now is adding a motorcycle division to its expanding portfolio with the takeover of Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions. The integration gives Auctions American by RM a solid foothold in collector motorcycles. It also brings with it the talents of company founder Glenn Bator (pictured above), a noted vintage motorcycle expert and former curator of the Otis Chandler museum, the collection of the publishing magnate that was liquidated to the record tune of $36 million after its namesake founder's passing.

Bator and RM will be holding their first post-merger motorcycle auction during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg festival in Auburn, Indiana, this September. Details of the announcement in the press release after the jump.

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• Collector car auction house, Auctions America by RM, establishes motorcycle division with acquisition of Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions
• Noted motorcycle expert, Glenn Bator, joins Auctions America by RM team as head of new vintage motorcycle division

AUBURN, IND. (April 6, 2011) − Less than one year after its formation, Auctions America by RM, a subsidiary of the world's largest collector car auction house - RM Auctions, is expanding to include a vintage motorcycle division with the acquisition of Bator Vintage Motorcycle Auctions. The well-respected classic and antique motorcycle expert, Glenn Bator, will lead the new division for Auctions America.

The company will present its first extensive bike offering at its second annual 'Auburn Fall Collector Car Auction' scheduled September 1 – 4, 2011 at its 235-acre Auburn (Ind.) Auction Park headquarters during the famed 'Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival' weekend.

"The establishment of a dedicated motorcycle division for our company is in direct response to our clients' interests and requests," states Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. "We're thrilled to have Glenn Bator on board. His extensive industry knowledge will make Auctions America by RM events the premier venues for both buyers and sellers of classic two wheelers."

"I am extremely pleased to be joining the Auctions America by RM team," adds Glenn Bator. "The union of RM's excellent organization and customer base with Bator's loyal customers will no doubt produce world-class vintage motorcycle auctions."

Glenn Bator has been restoring all types of motorcycles for a number of years, with a specialty in pre and post World War I American machines. In addition to his work restoring bikes, Glenn, along with his wife Deni, has operated the long-standing Bator group of companies. Glenn is known for having organized motorcycle shows and staging auctions at such prime venues as the Barber Vintage Festival and the Daytona Classic Motorcycle Auction held during 'Bike Week'. Previously, Glenn held the position of curator, restorer and general manager for the Otis Chandler Vintage Museum.

To consign your bike to an Auctions America by RM event, please contact Glenn Bator at gbator@auctionsamerica.com or call his office at +1 805 646 9566 or his mobile at +1 805 798-1802.

The 'Auburn Fall' event will build on its successful debut in 2010 with another 1,000 quality motor cars and motorcycles crossing the auction podium, and a first-rate swap meet and car corral organized by Auctions America by RM's partners, Carlisle Events.

For more information about Auctions America by RM and its calendar of events, visit www.auctionsamerica.com , call +1-260-927-9797 or email info@auctionsamerica.com

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