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Wiggins’ Olympic throne up for auction

Oct 19, 2012, 8:32 AM EST

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For a nation that thinks highly of its thrones, and even more so of those granted the right to sit upon them, it should be no surprise that the seat one of Great Britain’s most decorated Olympians reclined in as he received his record breaking seventh career medal is fetching a pretty price at auction.

“2012 has definitely been Bradley Wiggins’ year, not only triumphing at the Olympics, but also winning the Tour de France, just weeks before,” auctioneer Graham Budd said of the British pedaling hero.

Budd also referred to the image of Wiggo on the throne as “resplendent,” which is a word we’ll now add to our every day vocabulary. Budd believes the throne could bring in between £10,000 and £15,000 when it goes up for aunction Nov. 6.

Wiggins became the first Briton in history to win the famous Tour de France, a grueling 21-stage bicycle race. He then rang in the Olympics – literally – by sounding a bell at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and then figuratively by becoming the talk of the first week with his victory and celebratory antics.

How resplendent!