MACHINES from the motorcycle and scooter collection of former Tyneside antique dealer Louise Bennett will be auctioned today.
Ms Bennett, who came from Whitley Bay and died in January, aged 46, had a passion for motorcycling and restoring machines.
One of the machines in the sale at Boldon Auction Galleries in South Tyneside is a Triumph Tina scooter which featured on the front and rear covers of the Oasis interview CD Be Somewhere Else Now, which was recorded in Stockholm during the band’s world tour.
It is expected to sell for £400-£600.
Ms Bennett and partner John Bell ran two antique shops in Jesmond, Newcastle. Later they set up the Little Theatre Antiques Centre in Fern Avenue in Jesmond.
Another item from the collection, a 1959 Lambretta 148cc scooter, is rated at £2,500-£3,500.
Mr Bell said yesterday that the scooter was found during a house clearance in Gateshead in the 1990s.
“The old chap who lived there was a hoarder and the house was stuffed to the brim. He had moved to another property because he couldn’t get around the original house.
“In the hallway we found the Lambretta, which presumably he had bought in 1959.
“Louise was an amazing person who had a passion for anything practical who could dismantle and rebuild machines.”
She later set up her own property maintenance company. Also in the sale is a mahogany mallet used to launch the cargo ship Geddington Court in 1928 at the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company’s yard at Howdon on the Tyne.
The vessel was sold to Japanese owners in 1951 and was converted into a fish factory ship. It was broken up in Taiwan in 1971.
A signed photograph of Donald Campbell’s craft after his first speed record attempt on Ullswater in the Lake District in 1955 is also on offer at £600-£800.
It was obtained by the seller’s uncle, who was staying in the same hotel as Campbell on the evening of the speed attempt.