Usain Bolt signed shoes to be sold in UK charity auction
Usain Bolt's signed running shoes will be the main prize at the Jamaica 50 celebration
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Monday 23 July 2012
A pair of signed running shoes donated by Usain Bolt will auction tonight (July 23) as part of a "Going for Gold" themed charity auction.
The trademark shoes were specially made for Bolt after the Beijing Olympics and will be sold alongside a signed photo of the record-smashing athlete. They were previously on display at the Leeds City Museum, before the decision was made to sell in order to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Jamaica Cancer Society and The Salvation Army International.
The auction hopes to beat the £2,000 achieved by a pair of signed shoes that were donated by Bolt to footballer Didier Drogba at another charity auction in 2010. They can expect strong results in the sale, with values boosted by the start of the 2012 London Olympics on July 27, where Bolt hopes to defend the three gold medals he set in Beijing four years ago.
Bidders will also have the chance to own a track spike from British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards at a July 24 Olympic auction, which he wore during his gold medal winning performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Unsigned, they will be offered with a £1,500-2,000 estimate.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a signed photograph of Usain Bolt, which is currently on offer at a fantastic price. See more of our sports memorabilia here.
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