Sunday, December 13, 2009

Diamonds are forever: Rio Ferdinand's Live the dream

The most expensive football boots in history belong to John Terry (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United ) and Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United). A total of 7,444 precious stones adorn the three pairs and the blingy boots on Earth are valued at a massive £385,000 ($770,000 A). Each pair has been independently valued and certificated by Goldsmiths. Former model Luisa Di Marco had the brainwave of creating the world's most expensive boots. After consultations with Ferdinand, the boots were commissioned by Embee Jewels of London and Luisa worked with fashion designer Scott Henshall, Goldie and Embee's craftsmen to do the rest. Terry's boots are the most expensive at £135,000. John Terry’s Umbro boots has 2,374 jewels individually attached. The player’s children's names, Summer and Georgie are embroidered in red and the cross of St George is etched on the tongue. The studs are tipped with 84 black diamonds and set in white gold. There are more than 27 carat of white diamonds, nearly 11 carat of sapphires, while his famous No 6 is made from white gold. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has already worn his blue and white Nike boots in the Premier League before they went infor the bling treatment and are now smothered in 2,576 gems with more than 10 carat of white diamonds and 31 carat of black diamonds. His famous No 10 is moulded out of rose gold. These are valued at £125,000. Rio Ferdinand's white and black Nike boots have been customised with spray paint and grafitti-style artwork by film producer and former musician Goldie. The central defender's No 5 has been in sculptured in rose gold, the laces are gold-tipped, while the boots themselves are covered in 2,494 stones - more than 18carat of white diamonds, 15 carat of black diamonds and nearly 11 carat of rubies. Ferdinand’s boots are also valued at £125,000.

All three pairs will be auctioned for charity at the VIP launch of Rio Ferdinand's new Live The Dream Foundation in front of 1,200 guests in London on Wednesday. The star-studded champagne gala evening will be hosted by Gavin and Stacey comedian James Corden, while Ferdinand's special guests will include Robbie Williams, world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye, The Saturdays, JLS, Frank Lampard and Strictly Come Dancing celeb Alesha Dixon. Ferdinand will also auction his cherished replica James Dean Porsche Spyder 550 which is valued at £30,000. Representatives from Guinness World Records will also be in attendance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Goldsmiths did not value the boots. This was generated by incorrect details given to the News of the World.
I valued the boots:

Steven Jordan, Valuer, Assay Office London