Villa Erba


  • 100 percent of proceeds from sale of bike pledged to Caritas International,  in support of earthquake relief efforts in Nepal
  • Charitable donation courtesy of BMW specialists Mint Classics, of Münster, Germany
  • Expertly restored and ready to ride, K1 represents first production BMW motorcycle to feature four valves per cylinder
  • Full sale details available at


LONDON (18 May, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s will offer a classic BMW K1 motorcycle at its upcoming Villa Erba sale this weekend, with 100 percent of all proceeds benefiting Caritas International in support of earthquake relief in Nepal. The auction will take place during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy, 23 May.


The world has been stunned and deeply saddened by the horrific devastation wrought by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, with thousands of people either killed or injured and many more left homeless. The sale of this motorcycle, generously donated by BMW specialists, Mint Classics, of Münster, Germany, will make a small but nevertheless valuable contribution to the relief efforts in the region.


Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: “It is impossible not to be moved by what we have all seen of the devastation in Nepal. We are proud to lend our auction services to support the area’s earthquake relief efforts, with 100 percent of proceeds from the bike’s sale, including buyer’s premium, supporting this deserving cause. We hope that everyone will dig deep and help raise as much money as possible on the night.”


The 1992 BMW K1 is the first production BMW motorcycle to feature four valves per cylinder and boasted highly distinctive, streamline styling when it was launched. A bona fide classic of the motorcycle world, the K1 was a great success for BMW and one of its first forays into modern high-speed sports bikes. It boasts the lowest drag coefficient of any production motorcycle to date, and in its eye-catching red and yellow colour scheme, will always command attention. The example donated to the Villa Erba sale has been expertly restored, recently serviced, and is ready to ride.


“It is a technological tour de force that would be the perfect addition to any significant motorcycle collection,” adds Girardo.


A full description on the motorcycle, along with complete details and the digital catalogue for RM Sotheby’s sale during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, is available online at or by calling +44 20 7851 7070.



Images are available upon request

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