Custom-made diamond-encrusted motorcycle designed by Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney up for sale at Bonhams

20 Feb 2013, Sports Memorabilia

The unique 2012 Lauge Jenson will go under the hammer at the Bonhams auction of Sports Memorabilia in Chester, UK, on Wednesday 20th February, where it is expected to realize between £40,000 and £60,000 for children's charity KidsAid.

A motorcycle designed by Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney is expected to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000 when it is sold by Bonhams in aid of charity in February 2013.

The 2012 Lauge Jensen cruiser-style machine, designed by the world-famous striker and custom-made by the Danish motorcycle manufacturer will go under the hammer at the Bonhams auction of Sports Memorabilia in Chester, UK on Wednesday 20th February, with 100 per cent of the sale amount going to KidsAid, a Danish charitable foundation that helps young people affected by illness.

The motorcycle incorporates a number of special features designed by Rooney himself. These include:

An autographed 'No 10' football shirt mounted and lacquer-sealed onto the petrol tank
A special shift rod incorporating 21 black AA diamonds and a white TW/VS diamond
Rear mudguard featuring artwork depicting Rooney's celebration of his spectacular goal against Manchester City in 2011 that helped Manchester United claim that year's Premiership title and was named 'Best Goal' of the season.

Commenting on his design, 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."

Founded only a few years ago by established custom-bike builder Uffe Lauge Jensen, Lauge Jensen Ltd is Denmark's first motorcycle manufacturer since Nimbus ceased production in 1959.

For more information on the Bonhams Sports Memorabilia Sale in Chester on Wednesday 20th February visit: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21119.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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