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Masterpiece: Ernesto Colnago’s 87th birthday 24-carat plated bike

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Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bike

The founder of the legendary bike brand that bears his name, Ernesto Colnago was presented with a gold Arabesque frameset – worth an incredible €50,000 Euros – to celebrate his 87th birthday.

Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bikeThe 24 carat gold Arabesque frame is not dissimilar to the one presented to Pope John Paul II in 2016. Its no expense spared build features a complete heritage Campagnolo Super Record groupset.

The Colnago Arabesque frameset was a special design commissioned in 1984 to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary with ornately designed lugs for the steel-tubed frame.

Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bike

“The star-shaped frame of the iconic Master, the special alloy used to produce it and its 24K gold plating give it an inestimable value. The combination of these features together with the skilful craftsmanship needed to assemble the frame makes this bike an unequalled product from both a technical and an aesthetic point of view“, says Colnago.

Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bike

Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bike

Ernesto Colnago's golden 87th birthday bike

“This 87 model praises and restates the genius of Colnago who in his career as a bicycle maker has been able to invent new finishes and technologies in order to improve the bicycle and turn it into a real gem.”