Artist Jack Armstrong unveils his "Cosmic Starship" Harley Davidson on October 21, 2010 in Marina Del Rey, California. Priced at USD one million, this is the world's first and only million dollar Harley. Armstrong was a protege of Andy Warhol and his paintings retail for 300K to 2M USD. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
The world’s most expensive motorcycle, the “Cosmic Starship” Harley-DavidsonV-Rod, has returned to the marketplace at $US10 million ($A13m).
The bike was painted in 2009 by famous American painter Jack Armstrong with acrylic paint and 37 coats of clear coat.
It was unveiled at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson dealership in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, in 2010 and sold to the Moran family of California for $US3m in 2012.
The Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson is one of three foundation pieces of Armstrong’s art, along with two of his seminal paintings, “The Cosmic Firebird,” and “Warhol Naked,” also listed at $US10m.
For those who haven’t heard of Jack Armstrong, he founded “Cosmic Extensionalism” a new style of modern art.
Damian Chapa will direct and play Armstrong and Eric Roberts will play Warhol, with actress Bella Popa as Armstrong’s wife.
Armstrong is also working on a $6 million “Cosmic Star Triumph” art motorcycle to be unveiled in 2019. The model of Triumph has not yet been revealed.
He says the bike will be painted in Cosmic Extensionalism style, in “purple and cosmic turquoise, with extreme yellow, gold and green florescent colours and with a touch of Armstrong-Basquiat style graffiti”.
“It will be as dramatically unique as the Cosmic Harley,” Armstrong says.
He believes the Cosmic Harley and Triumph artworks could break the Basquiat auction record in 20 years as his cosmic extensionalism becomes recognised alongside cubism, and pop art.
Armstrong says nothing he will create will ever give him more satisfaction than seeing more than 100 international photographers photograph the Cosmic Starship on the Red Carpet in Los Angeles with himself and film star Lorenzo Lamas at the controls.
In 2020, Armstrong will exhibit the world’s most expensive car, a Rolls Royce “Cosmic R.R.”, to be unveiled in Dubai where his $US3 million “Cosmic Star-Cruiser” art bicycle was sold in 2014.
The Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson is exclusively represented by Bobby Adams Classics in Arizona,Star Global International Art and Family Office Magazine of London and Monte Carlo.