In its time, the 450-cc Desmo single was as fast as one could go on a Ducati—and therefore on anything with two wheels.

This 1970 Italian series racing model is part of RM Auctions’ upcoming sale of the Saltarelli Ducati Collection in Monaco in May, coinciding with the 8th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

Spanning the marque’s full history from road to racing machines, the 100-bike collection was carefully selected over the past 30 years by lifelong enthusiast Carlo Saltarelli, an ex-Ducati factory test-rider, racer and owner of a Ducati dealership.

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The 1970 450 Desmo was displayed at the Ducati factory museum and prominently featured in the official Ducati museum book.

RM hasn’t released an estimate on it yet, but beauty doesn’t come cheap…