Beckham Olympics speedboat fails to sell at auctionBy Charlotte Talbot
December 04, 2012
THE speedboat used by David Beckham during the Olympics Opening Ceremony failed to sell when it was put up for auction in Weybridge on Monday.
The Bladerunner RIB 35 Powerboat went under the hammer at a special Bonhams' automotive sale held at Mercedes-Benz World, but it did not meet its reserve price.
The supercharged craft, built by Hampshire-based ICE Marine, was expected to fetch more than £250,000 at the auction, where it was on sale complete with four dummy rockets and smoke canisters, a high-pressure waterjet bar and dozens of LED lights which were fitted to it ahead of the spectacular showcase in July.
According to Bonhams, the boat's owner will now decide what to do with the craft.
Also on the auction list was the van made famous by BBC comedy series Dad’s Army.
The 1935 Ford BB Boxer was driven by Lance Corporal Jack Jones, the character portrayed by much-loved actor Clive Dunn, who died last month at the age of 92.
The vehicle fetched £63,100 at auction- more than double its estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.
The van was used to ferry members of the fictitious Walmington-on-Sea brigade from one hilarious farce to another.
Also up for sale at Brooklands was the 1963 Hillman Imp 'The Flatmobile' which sold for £9,775 - a vehicle that was built specifically to break the Guinness World Record for the lowest car and is only 19" high.
The 1994 Reliant Scimitar Sabre 'FastFood', which holds the Guinness World Record for the 'Fastest Furniture', sold for £7,475 and the 2008 Shanghai Shenke 'Wind Up', the world's smallest roadworthy car, sold for £13,225.