Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Rooney design bike raises £43,250

A diamond-encrusted motorbike designed by Wayne Rooney sold for 43,250 pounds at a charity auction

A diamond-encrusted motorbike designed by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney fetched £43,250 when it was auctioned for charity.

The 2012 Lauge Jensen cruiser-style machine was sold at Bonham's auction house in Chester to raise money for the charitable foundation KidsAid.

Rooney customised the motorcycle with a special shift rod bearing 21 black diamonds and a white diamond.

An autographed No 10 football shirt which has been lacquer-sealed on to the petrol tank is another personal touch added by the striker.

When he was asked to support the auction, Rooney said the design of the bike was inspired by the celebration of his overhead kick against Manchester City in the 2011 season.

Danish firm Lauge Jensen, a bespoke v-twin-engined motorcycle manufacturer, described the motorcycle as a "truly unique" machine.

All the money from the sale will support KidsAid's work in Denmark with sick youngsters.

The motorcycle sold for £43,250, which includes the buyer's premium, to an anonymous bidder, Bonhams said.

Other popular items at the auction included a Brazil shirt worn by Pele which fetched £3,500. A collection of 22 Premier League inaugural season hand-signed and match-worn shirts was sold for £18,750.

Away from football, two silver-gilt Heavyweight Lonsdale Belts won by Henry Cooper, one in 1965 and 1967 and another used in 1962, 1963 and 1964, each fetched £12,500.

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