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Rare 1890 golden seahorse bicycle: yours for $25,000

Rare 1890 golden seahorse bicycle: yours for $25,000

The rare, ornate bicycle, identical to one owned by George Lucas, was rescued from the destroyed Sutro Baths in San Francisco A golden seahorse bicycle, identical to one owned by George Lucas, has gone on sale online for $25,000 in San Fransisco.

The rare antique originally came from the city’s former Sutro Baths, which were once a large public saltwater swimming complex, destroyed by arson in 1967.

In the Craigslist classifieds advert (link is external) the item is described by seller Dan Horenberger, who specialises in the restoration of antique carousels, as a “circa 1890s Golden Sea Horse Bicycle.”

He describes it as: “Rare, hand-made, golden fantasy sea-theme bicycle. From display at San Francisco’s world-famous Sutro’s Baths and adjacent Cliff House. Said to be one of just eight or 10 made".

The golden bike comes complete with a chain, crank and pedals (which have faces), with the animal’s paws resting on the wheels’ hubs, an ornate saddle that looks like a long-nosed bird, and handlebars that look like eagle heads on swan necks. As Horenberger points out, it is a full size bike, at 48 inches long and 36 inches high, that “comes with the custom (heavy) brass stand.” A sibling bicycle […]

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