Wiggo’s Olympic time trial throne to go up for auction

Bradley Wiggins sitting crossed-legged on a throne in front of Hampton Court Palace giving a double-Churchillian ‘V for victory’ salute after winning Olympic time trial gold was one of the iconic images from an unforgettable summer for British cycling.

The King of Kilburn after winning the Olympic time trial (© Corbis Images UK)

Now the kitsch throne is to go up for auction on Tuesday November 6 – where it’s expected to fetch between £10,000-15,000.

The throne is being sold by party planners and prop hire company Theme Traders of Cricklewood, close to where Wiggins grew up in Kilburn. Three thrones were specially upholstered for the Games to replace the traditional hot seats where the three riders who are leading the time trial sit until they’re replaced by a rider with a faster time.

“I am delighted to be offering this impressive gold throne in my November sale,” said Graham Budd of specialist sporting memorabilia auctioneers Graham Budd Ltd, who will auction the throne at Sotheby’s in London.

“The iconic image of Bradley Wiggins resplendent on his golden throne at Hampton Court Palace led to a series of royal metaphors in the press such as King of Kilburn and The Sovereign in the Saddle.”

Wiggins claimed time trial gold just ten days after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

The medal saw the Team Sky rider overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain’s most decorated Olympic, having won seven medals (four gold, one silver and two bronze). Sir Chris Hoy later equalled Wiggins’ total, winning team sprint and keirin gold on the track to take his tally to six gold and one silver.

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