130305RD_cinelli_bike_101_rev

All images c. Andrew Zuckerman

Originally expected to go for $15,000 to 20,000 at a Sotheby’s auction, this prototype Cinelli Laser Nostra was sold for a whopping $47,500. There’s more to the story than just a hugely expensive bike however. First, the bike was ridden to victory in the 2011 Red Hook Crit by Neil Bezdek. As a borrowed bike from Antonio Columbo himself (the owner of Columbus tubing and Cinelli bikes), Neil hopped on the Laser and rode it to victory after finishing 2nd the past two races. Second, the bike was sold in a RED charity auction that was put on by U2 star Bono with proceeds going to the fight against AIDS.

Just what does a $47,500 bike look like? See it after the jump.

130305RD_cenalli_bike_048_dark key_revOriginally created as a prototype for the special Anniversary edition of the Laser, with 21 bicycles that were released in 2012. The beautiful Columbus Niobium steel frame was signed by Columbo himself and was paired with a carbon fork plastered with numerous Columbus tubing decals both new and old. The bike weighed in at 16.5 pounds (7.5kg) and can be seen racing to victory on Neil’s own bike mounted camera.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

11 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Devin
8 years ago

Worth every penny.

Hopefully.

badbikemechanic
badbikemechanic
8 years ago

So so sweet.

RyanC
RyanC
8 years ago

Campy Pedals!!!

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

That is a really good looking bike.

vectorbug
vectorbug
8 years ago

Just to be pedantic, Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newsom curated the auction with the help of Bono.

You can see the auction items and details here:
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2013/null-n09014.html

Although maybe Bono put the whole thing on and insisted Ive and Newsom take the spotlight.

vectorbug
vectorbug
8 years ago

Also, it was one of the cheaper items!

Rico
Rico
8 years ago

I liked it up until the article mentioned BONO. Can’t stand dude.

hoser
hoser
8 years ago

Rico,

If you haven’t seen South Park season 11, episode 9, grab a beer and watch it immediately.

billy
billy
8 years ago

Is it torsionally stiff but laterally compliant? Can it barspin?

Mathew
Mathew
8 years ago

I wonder if this was made in Italy or China like most cinelli frames.

somedude
somedude
8 years ago

@billly

I think the bars would collide with the frame if you’d try and barspin, also the reversed angle of the fork would maybe make the tire hit the frame.
Then again a bike for 47K is not for riding but for bragging…