A DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED motorbike designed by England footballer Wayne Rooney is going under the hammer in Chester for charity.
The 2012 Lauge Jensen motorcycle, designed by the Manchester United striker, is expected to fetch between £40,000 and £60,000 when it is sold by Bonhams on February 20, with all proceeds 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, including:
An autographed No 10 football shirt mounted and lacquer-sealed on to the petrol tank
A special shift rod incorporating 21 black AA diamonds and a white TW/VS diamond
A 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.”
For more information on the Bonhams Sports Memorabilia Sale, visit: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21119.