Bonham’s to Auction Speedboat Driven by David Beckham at London Olympics
The 2008 Bladerunner BR RIB 35 speedboat that carried David Beckham and the Olympic flame is going up for bid at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands in Surrey Dec. 3.
Bonhams will auction the heavily-customized boat, which Beckham drove down the River Thames for the last leg of the Olympic torch’s journey to Olympic Park. Approximately 900 million people watched July 27 as the all-star soccer player, former England captain and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder drive the “Torchbearer,” fitted with four dummy rockets and smoke canisters, a water jet bar and LED lights to boot, during London’s spectacular opening ceremony.
Bonhams now calls the boat the “ultimate souvenir” and expects the boat to sell for about £250,000. The boat will be sold complete with all the bells and whistles added for the Olympic ceremony.
“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 earth,’” said Bonham’s director of UK Mortor Cars Tim Schofield.