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.
"I designed this jersey for @Rapha nearly a decade ago in 2007 when the first stage of the Tour de France was held in London. The first stage – or La Grand Départ – began in central London and ended in Canterbury. It was won by the Australian rider @RobbieMcEwen who crashed badly with less than 20km to go but still managed to fight back to win!" @Paul_Smith What's your favourite cycling jersey? Let us know below... #PaulSmith #cycling #letour #font
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.