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The royal chair is estimated to fetch between £10,000 to £15,000
A throne which gave rise to one of the Olympic Games’ most iconic images is expected to raise thousands of pounds at auction.
The image, of Kilburn boy Bradley Wiggins sitting on a golden throne moments after claiming an emphatic gold at the Time Trial event at the London games will live long in the memory.
But now, the royal chair, which was designed by Cricklewood based prop-hire firm Theme Traders will go under the hammer.
Kim Einhorn, one of the directors of Theme Traders, told the Times: “We knew all Bradley Wiggins being a local boy and were thrilled when we were asked to provide the chairs for the Hampton Court event.
“Initially we thought they were going to make an Olympic museum at the park but now there’s been so much interest its going for auction.”
The design company, based near Cricklewood Broadway, have also designed props for the sets of TV shows Made in Chelsea and X-factor.
Ms Einhorn added: “It was brilliant to see the image of our chair on every national newspaper and we were delighted because he’s such an amazing icon.
“We are very proud to be involved in it.”
Cycling sensation Wiggins, who grew up down the road in Dibdin House in Kilburn, became one of the most country’s most successful Olympians after claiming his fourth gold medal this summer.
Just a few weeks earlier he became the first British man to win the Tour de France bicycle race.
Auctioneers Graham Budd have put a £10,000 to £15,000 estimate on the throne when it goes up for auction at Sotheby’s on November 6.