No takers for Beckham's Olympic torch speedboat at auction
The speedboat David Beckham used to carry the Olympic torch up the River Thames to the Olympic Park has failed to reach its reserve price at auction.
Beckham, watched by a global audience, piloted the Bladerunner RIB 35 craft down the river and under Tower Bridge during the opening ceremony on 27 July.
The speedboat was expected to fetch up to 250,000 pounds but the highest bid was 180,000 pounds.
Auctioneers Bonhams put the items under the hammer at Brooklands in Weybridge.
It said the speedboat had been stripped of its 'Olympic paraphernalia' but retained its torchbearer seat and the four fake rockets used to emit smoke as the craft made its way from City Hall to the stadium.
Spokesman Julian Roup said the pre-sale estimate was between 150,000 and 250,000 pounds, but the reserved price has not been disclosed.
"It was a very busy sale but the item was fairly highly priced and there was insufficient interest on the day," the BBC quoted Roup, as saying.
"It may sell in a post-sale deal," he added.
The boat was built in 2007 by Hampshire-based ICE Marine and tested at a nature reserve on the River Hamble estuary prior to the opening ceremony.