Three Lions legend David Beckham had his football boot auctioned off cheaply after they were recovered from criminals. The said football boots were sold for £300 while another pair that belonged to Cristiano Ronaldo went for £500.
The football boots were part of items recovered from crooks who bought them and other memorabilia as investments, according to reports. At the same auction, the boxing glove of boxing legend Mike Tyson went for £325 as part of the seized items being Proceeds of Crime Act.
The auctions was done by Belfast-based Wilsons. Wilson had helped in raising £80 million for the public from auctioning goods, racehorses and other illegal proceeds.
“Wilsons Auctions is proud to facilitate government auctions each month. The role we play in realising these important assets is vital to our clients as well as the process in raising the money which ultimately goes straight back into the public purse.
“Sport, movie and music memorabilia would feature regularly in our government auctions as they tend to be a popular investment for those wishing to spend their ill gotten gains,” Aidan Larkin, the Group Asset Recovery manager said.
Larkin added that they have also helped disposed super cars, shoes, jewelleries, designer watches and others. He also said that the auctioned items always go to the highest bidders at the auctions, helping the populace get these quality items at an affordable price.
Whilst you'd expect Beckham's boots to go for closer to £1000, one lucky fan picked them up for the price of a pair of Man United tickets!
In late February a seized Ferrari car will be auctioned off in an unreserved auction but West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has asked that more of these items should be given to cops who helped in the recovery. It is now common practise to always give off to the public items that are recovered in these manner.