One of the most expensive items in the auction happened to be the bike that Fonzie drove around in the hit sitcom “Happy Days.” Winkler’s character was a fan-favorite on the show. His slicked-back greaser look, complete with a worn-down leather jacket (also was sold) was always fully on display when he was on his bike.
Richard Rawlings Buys ‘Happy Days’ Bike
The bike in question is a silver 1949 Triumph motorcycle that appeared throughout the show’s 10-year run. It sold for a whopping $231,562 at the auction, which is almost double the $80,000 to $120,000 it was expected to sell for.
As it turns out, Richard Rawlings is the one who bought the “Happy Days” bike. He is a star of the Discovery Channel show “Fast N’ Loud.” Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman would buy, restore, and resell cars from their Gas Monkey shop. The show got the ax in 2020.
According to TMZ, Rawlings bought the car in honor of his dad who is currently battling Alzheimer’s. He said that the two of them used to watch “Happy Days” when he was younger. Not to mention, he said his dad had a bit of a resemblance to Fonzie. He wore a leather jacket, rode a sweet bike, and had a fair amount of cool confidence.
Richard plans to enjoy the bike for a bit and will ride it a few times. After that, he wants to put it in his Monkey Trap. This is a collection of cars and memorabilia from his different shows over the years.
Other Items for Sale at Winkler’s Auction
While the bike was certainly a huge item at the auction, several other buyers enthusiastically bid on other items available.
All these items were part of the 26-lot Henry Winkler Collection, which were included in the Bonhams’ TCM sale. One of the other popular items was a complete Fonzie outfit collection. It included jeans, a white shirt, biker boots, and that notorious brown leather jacket as the star.
Winkler also had two masks from the cult-classic slasher film “Scream” that also starred in the recent auction. He played the role of Principal Himbry in the 1996 movie.
Some of the money from the auction will be going toward a really good cause, too. The proceeds will partially go to the nonprofit called This Is About Humanity. It is the creation of the “Happy Days” actor’s daughter, Zoe Winkler.
“She started this with two friends to take care of the children who were separated from their parents at the border,” Henry Winkler said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.