Every January, the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction offers collectors and enthusiasts an amazing array of motorcycle memorablia. On Thursday 8 January, a large photographic exhibit of actors Ewan McGregor’s and Charley Boorman’s ‘Long Way Down’ motorcycle journey will go under the hammer…After circumnavigating the world in 2004 with BMW R 1150 GS motorcycles on their epic ‘Long Way Round’ journey, actors, adventurers and pals Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Angels & Demons, Amelia, The Island, Moulin Rouge) and Charley Boorman (Emerald Forest, By Any Means, Race to Dakar) began another great motorcycle expedition, called Long Way Down.Their new challenge – this time on BMW R 1200 GS bikes – took them on a 15,000-mile trek from the northernmost tip of Scotland, down to the southernmost tip of Africa. Riding through Western Europe and Eastern Africa, Ewan and Charley mixed their love of GS motorbikes with the irresistible lure of far-flung roads on the ultimate expedition, experiencing some of the most incredible natural and cultural wonders the world has to offer.The 32-piece, professionally matted and framed collection of pictures from this amazing road trip was originally provided by Big Earth Productions (producers of Long Way Down and Long Way Round). The photographs capture scenes of the duo’s nearly three-month, 9,000 mile motorcycle odyssey in 2007, most of which was through Africa.This collection was exclusively created for and unveiled at the 2008 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance near San Francisco, California (an event at which both Ewan and Charley had been guest presenters) a full three months before Long Way Down was officially released on TV, video or film.The exhibit was curated by renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White and was featured with Charley's actual BMW R1200 GS motorcycle, shipped over from Britain especially for the display. After the debut at Legend of the Motorcycle, the exhibit was displayed at the 2008 Laguna Seca MotoGP race, and then the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.This exclusive and professionally created exhibit has been viewed by millions of enthusiasts from around the world and is now being offered for sale. Estimated at $5,000-$7,000, profits from the sale will be donated to UNICEF, a charity for which Ewan and Charley are both ambassadors. Twenty-seven of the photographs are 22 x 26inches (55 x 66cm) in size, while five are 26 x 30in (66 x 76cm).For more details on the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction to be held on Thursday, January 8th at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada – including how to register to bid in person or remotely – please visit ...
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