Wayne Rooney custom-made motorcycle fetches £43,000 in auction
In 2012 Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney was approached by renowned Danish motorcycle builder Lauge Jensen, to help design a one-off custom-made cruiser motorcycle that would feature him and his team.
Rooney, 27 decided to design the bike to celebrate his extraordinary and acrobatic overhead kick against rival Manchester City in February 2011, that helped his team cinch the title and was voted by English football fans not only as the Best Goal of the season, but also as the best goal of the 20 years of the Premier League and features an autographed “No 10″ football T-shirt mounted and lacquer-sealed onto the gas tank, a special shift rod incorporating 21 black diamonds and a white diamond and the rear mudguard paint job depicts Rooney’s celebration of his spectacular goal against Manchester City.
After the bike was completed, Rooney said, “I was really excited to have the opportunity to be involved in the design of a unique ‘Wayne Rooney’ Lauge Jensen custom bike. The bike we have designed takes its inspiration from the celebration of my overhead kick against Manchester City last season. The goal has been described by others as being of the highest quality and technical excellence, powerful and beautiful. I hope you will agree that the bike is all of this and more. The fact that the funds raised will go to kids in Denmark is a great way for me, on behalf of all the players at Manchester United, to say ‘thank you’ for the support we receive from the Danish people.”
The custom cruiser was auctioned off last June on eBay to help KidsAid, a Danish charitable foundation dedicated to helping children affected by traumatic illnesses.
During the eBay action the bike supposedly fetched an stunning £109,700 however the winning bid fell through, and the same bike went back under the hammer just a few months later, but this time the auction was carried out by the much more reputable Bonhams, with all the proceeds again going to the same Danish foundation.
The bike was one of the star lots at the Bonhams’ sports memorabilia sale in Chester last Tueday and was expected to sell for around £60,000, but in fact was only sold for £43,250(fees included).
The entire auction realized just over £270,000 with a 90-percent sale rate.