London: A diamond-encrusted motorcycle designed by England football star Wayne Rooney is expected to fetch 60,000 pounds at an auction in aid of charity next week.
The unique 2012 Lauge Jenson will go under the hammer at the Bonhams auction of Sports Memorabilia in Chester on February 20 where it is expected to raise between 40,000 and 60,000 pounds for children's charity KidsAid, a Danish charitable foundation that helps young people affected by illness.
The cruiser-style machine has been designed by the famous striker and custom-made by the Danish motorcycle manufacturer. 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 says, "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.
"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 custom-bike builder Uffe Lauge Jensen, Lauge Jensen Ltd is Denmark's first motorcycle manufacturer since Nimbus ceased production in 1959.


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