One of the highlights of the Olympics – before any competitors had stripped down to their athletics gear – was the sight of a speedboat racing up the Thames piloted by David Beckham.

As part of the 'bloody brilliant' Olympic opening ceremony on 27 July, Beckham, accompanied by aspiring young footballer, Jade Bailey, clutching the Olympic flame, was behind the wheel of a Bladerunner BR RIB 35 speedboat.

Watched by an estimated 900 million people around the world, the two footballers took the Olympic flame on its final journey to the Olympic Park after an epic 8,000-mile tour of the UK.

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David Bechkam and Jade Bailey make their Olympic entrance

Bladerunner BR RIB 35 will be making one more journey on 3 December when it features in the Bonhams auction at Mercedes-Benz Brooklands, one of the highlights of the annual sale.

The heavily-customised boat – fitted with four dummy rockets with smoke canisters, a high-pressure waterjet bar and dozens of LED lights – played a crucial role in the spectacular opening ceremony orchestrated by Stephen Daldry, with its progress down the river synchronised to massive pyrotechnic displays including a curtain of fire descending from Tower Bridge.

Bladerunner will be sold complete with the original opening ceremony smoke emitting rockets and high-pressure waterjet bar.

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Tower Bridge erupts in a blaze of fireworks as the speedboat goes through

Tim Schofield, Director of Bonhams UK Motor Car department, said: “After a fantastic summer of British sporting success, Bonhams is proud to offer for sale the ultimate souvenir from the Olympic opening ceremony – what has been dubbed ‘the greatest show on earth’.

See more of Bladerunner at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in the gallery below

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  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch carried by torchbearer Jade Bailey on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks light up Tower Bridge as David Beckham drives a speedboat with the Olympic flame carried by Jade Bailey to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch carried by torchbearer Jade Bailey on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch carried by torchbearer Jade Bailey on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks light up Tower Bridge as David Beckham drives a speedboat with the Olympic flame carried by Jade Bailey to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks light up Tower Bridge as David Beckham passes under driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' with the Olympic Torch carried by torchbearer Jade Bailey on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch carried by torchbearer Jade Bailey on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)