Tuesday, November 06, 2012
The auction world has been hit with a wave of Olympic
memorabilia since the Games this summer, but perhaps none so
memorable as the speedboat which David Beckham piloted during the
Bonhams has announced that it will offer the speedboat at its
December 3 auction at the Brooklands race track in Surrey, UK. The
memorable machine is expected to sell for £250,000.
It is estimated that 900m viewers from across the world watched
as the football star completed the last leg of the Olympic torch
relay in the 2008 Bladerunner BR RIB 35 on July 27. The high-speed
journey down London's River Thames was matched with impressive
pyrotechnic displays, including a "curtain of fire" from Tower
Bridge, making it one of the highlights of the ceremony.
The "heavily-customised" boat was fitted with four dummy rockets
with smoke canisters, a high pressure water jet bar and dozens of
LED lights, and still retains these features for the sale. It will
undoubtedly attract global attention, with much of the world still
buzzing from the success of the Games.
Tim Schofield, from Bonhams' motor car department,
"After a fantastic summer of British sporting success, Bonhams
is proud to offer for sale the ultimate souvenir from the Olympic
opening ceremony - what has been dubbed 'the greatest show on
On November 6, bidders had the chance to purchase the throne
that gold medal-winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins sat on when
celebrating his time trial victory at this year's Games.
However, since it not reach the reserve and it was not sold