On May 13, 1958, flush from the success of a world tour in support of their songs "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly and two other members of his band, the Crickets, paid a visit to Ray Miller's Motorcycle Shop in Dallas.
They left with new bikes. Drummer Jerry Allison bought a Triumph Trophy. Bass player Joe Maudlin bought a Triumph Thunderbird. And Buddy Holly bought a 650cc Ariel Cyclone -- one of only 200 ever made.
(Legend has it the three men first visited a
They also purchased matching gloves and caps, and then rode their new bikes to a
Less than a year later, Holly was killed in a plane crash.
The Ariel stayed with the Holly family until 1970. Years later, it was given as a 42nd birthday gift to Holly's childhood pal and fellow rocker Waylon Jennings.
Now it's for sale.
The Guernsey's auction house says the Ariel hasn't been ridden in 20 years -- Jennings died in 2002 -- and has only 4,000 original miles on the odometer.
The Ariel will go on the block Oct. 5 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, along with more than 2,000 other items from the Jennings vault.
As the just-concluded auctions at the Monterey Car Week demonstrated, vehicles owned by celebrities have a certain cachet -- and sell for more than vehicles owned by regular folks.
A 1967 Ferrari GBT/4 owned by Steve McQueen was sold for $8 million -- about three times what the same car owned by a civilian would have fetched.