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Rapha jersey designed by Sir Paul Smith on sale on eBay ... for £10,000

Limited edition garment was produced to commemorate Tour de France London Grand Depart in 2007

A limited edition jersey designed for Rapha by Sir Paul Smith to commemorate the London Grand Depart of the 2007 Tour de France is on sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of £10,000.

Retailing for £175 when it went on sale in the run-up to the Grand Depart a decade ago, the dark green Sportwool jersey has embroidered features including the Union Flag crossed with a French Tricoleur, as well as the route of Stage 1 of the race from London to Canterbury the day after the opening Prologue in the capital.

The seller, eBay user 19joe80, describes it as "the mother of all cycling jerseys" and "a piece of cycling history," and adds that the garment, size medium and complete with original tags, "has been stored in an airtight bag in the dark since it was purchased."

15 per cent of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to tPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - although given the Sportwool composite fabric the jersey is made out of contains natural Merino wool, some might see it as out of keeping with the charity's ethos, with its slogan stating "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."

The jersey still has a special place in the affections of the Nottingham-born designer, who as a teenager harboured dreams of becoming a professional cyclist, and last year posted a picture of it to Instagram.

In 2013, it also featured in a retrospective of his work at the Design Museum in London.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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