The auction for the gold Adidas Predator boots that David Beckham wore when he earned his 100th cap for England is anticipated to fetch £10,000.
The former Manchester United legend, now collaborating with Lionel Messi in MLS as the co-owner of Inter Miami, achieved this milestone during a friendly match against France in Paris on March 26, 2008.
Beckham, who eventually accumulated 115 caps for the Three Lions, experienced a 1-0 defeat at Stade de France against players such as Franck Ribery, Nicolas Anelka, William Gallas, and Claude Makelele, as England had already missed qualification for that summer’s European Championship.
The night became memorable as he achieved the milestone of being only the fifth Englishman to reach 100 international appearances. The occasion was commemorated with a pair of custom boots adorned with St George’s Crosses and the names of the three children he had at the time with pop star wife Victoria – Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz.
The gold boots will go under the hammer, with a starting bid tabled of £4,600. David Convery, head of sporting memorabilia at Northamptonshire-based Graham Budd Auctions, has said of the lot: “David Beckham is not only an iconic player, but you could also argue that he started the ‘style revolution’ with this type of golden boot. These boots are already attracting attention on a global stage and we wouldn’t be surprised if they reached or even went beyond their estimated price.”
Beckham played a significant role in establishing the Adidas Predators as one of the most iconic boots of all time. A unique pair from his collection is scheduled for auction in Wellingborough on December 5 at 1:30 pm. The boots, listed as lot 924, are anticipated to fetch a five-figure sum.