Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Boat it like Beckham

The ultimate souvenir of the 2012 Olympics?

 

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On Friday 27th July, a boat sped up the Thames that was watched by an estimated 900 million people across the globe. That craft, a Bladerunner BR RIB 35, was piloted by David Beckham and also carried Bladerunner’s managing director Jeremy Watts and the Olympic torch.

 

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David Beckham aboard the 2008 “Torchbearer” Bladerunner BR RIB 35
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The Olympic torch aboard the 2008 “Torchbearer” Bladerunner BR RIB 35 (Photo credit: Action Images)
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The boat’s journey under Tower Bridge was accompanied by a crescendo of pyrotechnics and complete with gadgets that numbered four smoke emitting dummy rockets, a high pressure waterjet bar and dozens of LED lights, it formed a significant part of the Danny Boyle orchestrated display that opened the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Now, the very same “heavily customised” boat is available for sale and will be auctioned on the 3rd December by at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands. A price guide of £250,000 has been set for what Bonhams call the “ultimate Olympic souvenir.”

 

For more details on the 3rd December 2012 Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia auction telephone +44 (0) 20 7447 7447 or go to: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20148/

 

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  1. The price is ludicrous. If someone pays this much for a boat because Beckham was on it for 10 mins, they must be half bonkers or fully insane.

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