Oh look, a Rapha jersey for £10,000

Rapha/Paul Smith collaboration stored in darkness since 2007

Have you got a spare £10,000 (approx $12,900 / €10,800 / AU$16,220 ) kicking about? Are you a keen cycling nerd with a penchant for Rapha swag? If so, this limited edition, new old stock Rapha/Paul Smith collaboration jersey that is currently for sale on eBay may be well up your street.

Originally priced at £120 and limited to 200 pieces worldwide, this jersey was produced to mark the Grand Départ from London back in 2007.

This particular jersey — described without a hint of irony as the “mother of all jerseys” — is said to have been stored in a sealed bag and kept in the dark since it was bought over 10 years ago, so is naturally in perfect condition.

The sale clearly isn’t going well, but with 75 watchers eyeing up the jersey and the lure of the feel-good factor of donating 15% of the proceeds of the sale to PETA, it can surely only be a matter of time until it sells… Surely? At least the postage is free. 

It's been kept in the dark. Except for when it was photographed in the light
It's been kept in the dark. Except for when it was photographed in the light

A cursory Google search reveals that this story was actually originally reported on by Cycling Weekly way back in March, though we only spotted the listing during a particularly furious eBay session the other day.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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