Millions of people around the globe tuned in to watch as the London Games were launched in spectacular show which was directed by Danny Boyle and included a cameo appearance by Queen Elizabeth II and Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Soccer superstar Beckham also made an appearance during the ceremony, riding up London’s River Thames in a speedboat carrying the Olympic Torch.
The craft, a Bladerunner RIB 35, went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in England on Monday (03Dec12), but failed to hit its undisclosed reserve price. The highest bid was $288,000 (£180,000).
Bonhams spokesman Julian Roup says, “It was a very busy sale but the item was fairly highly priced and there was insufficient interest on the day. It may sell in a post-sale deal.”