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David Beckham London 2012 Olympic torch boat on sale

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Media captionDavid Beckham travels with Olympic Torch

The speedboat David Beckham used to carry the Olympic torch up the River Thames to the Olympic Park is going under the hammer in Surrey.

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 flame was then passed to Sir Steve Redgrave who took it into the stadium.

The modified vessel is expected to fetch up to £300,000 at auction at Brooklands in Weybridge on Monday.

Image caption The vessel was fitted with four fake rockets that were used to emit smoke

Auctioneers Bonhams said the craft 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.

The firm said the speedboat would also come with an authentic Olympic Torch.

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.

Speaking of his role before the Opening Ceremony, which was shrouded in secrecy, Beckham said: "It is some kind of role in the Opening Ceremony which I'm honoured to be involved in.

"I was involved in the start process with this seven years ago and for Seb [Coe] to have kept me involved, I'm very proud of that."

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