I thought I would bring this recently closed auction to the attention of th e List as it sums up so adequately the blind faith that many collectors pla ce on a name or a transfer..this blindness shutting their intellect oft fro m any reason or argument.
The bike in question - Item No 120367568033 - is a very tatty lady's bercea u type twin-lateral framed cycle. OK so the head lugs are relatively decora tive - I think that they are Oscar Egg ones or possibly Nervex Serie Legere ...but the frame is just a standard factory-built one, typical of hundreds o f thousands still in use in France.
Had this bike been a Gitane or a Mercier, or a Terrot or anyone of a cou ple of hundred brands that sold this type of machine during a forty year po st WWII period, it would have fetched no more than 40 euros - TOPS.
So much for the magic of the Singer name.
Norris Lockley, Settle Uk