Sporting Memorabilia & Equipment

This sector of the art and antiques market often generates big headlines in the general media – not least when an auction record for 1966 World Cup is set for example. But the market is extremely wide and varied. Here there really is something for everyone at every price level, whether a buyer focuses on football programmes, historic golf clubs or fishing tackle.


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Golf gold medal from 1904 St Louis Olympic Games tees off at Christie's auction

03 August 2016

When American amateur golfer Robert E Hunter won a gold medal at the 1904 Olympics he could not have ever envisaged that the next chance to compete in the Games would be 2016.

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Medal from Celtic’s first-ever cup victory to be offered at Glasgow auction

21 July 2016

Fighting valiantly through the Champions League qualifying rounds after overcoming the mighty Lincoln Red Imps last night, Celtic are well on the way to emulating their 1967 Lisbon Lions European Cup glory.

Geoffrey Hurst's 1966 England shirt at Sotheby's

‘They think it’s all over’… England’s 1966 World Cup victory still holds special place in collecting market

11 July 2016

It may only be a few weeks until the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup final but, judging by the way their team exited the Euros, England fans will have to wait a lot longer before their team ever again reaches the final a major football tournament.

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Gary Lineker signed pants on offer at Stroud Auctions

07 July 2016

At the time, Gary Lineker’s promise to present the new season’s first Match of the Day in his underpants if Leicester City won the Premier League didn’t seem like a rash pledge to make.

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Collection of first British rider to wear the yellow jersey comes to Macclesfield auction

28 June 2016

How times change. The British cycling roll of honour now features such illustrious names as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton.

Pelé's Jules Rimet Trophy

Sale of Pelé’s collection sets £3.6m record for football auction

10 June 2016

The auction of Pelé’s personal collection became most lucrative sale of football memorabilia in history with the 2000 items totalling £3.6m including premium with 100% of the lots sold.

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Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal makes £280,000 and sets new auction record

09 June 2016

An auction record was set for any football medal as Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal was knocked down at £280,000 in London this evening.

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Will Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal set auction record?

09 June 2016

The auction of Pelé’s vast collection of memorabilia concludes in London today where the highlight on offer at the third and final day of the sale will be the Brazilian legend’s winner’s medal from the 1970 World Cup.

Geoffrey Hurst's England jersey from the 1966 World Cup

Hurst's hat-trick jersey to go under the hammer

06 June 2016

In 1996 Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds sang about ‘30 years of hurt’. Sadly for English football fans, it is now ‘50 years of hurt’ since the national team actually won something. Or have even reached a final.

Laws of Rugby

Unique printing of early rugby rules makes £13,000 at Cardiff auction

25 May 2016

An early printed copy of the laws of rugby appeared at Rogers Jones in Cardiff as part of a themed sale titled Sweat, Mud & Blood. Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said: ”In 25 years of our business, it is the most valuable book we have sold and probably the smallest.”

Football auction specialist folds owing £178,000

24 May 2016

Football Sport Auctions Limited, a Merseyside company specialising in auctioning football memorabilia, ceased trading in April owing large sums to a long list of consignors.

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West Ham hold memorabilia auction as they leave Upton Park

10 May 2016

As West Ham and Manchester United prepare to play the final match at Upton Park tonight, the East London club have announced that fans will have the chance to buy their own slice of Hammers’ history with an extensive auction of memorabilia, including fixtures and fittings from the stadium itself.

Edward vom Hofe salmon fly reel

The reel deal: items wanted to value at this year's vintage fishing tackle fair

05 May 2016

Now in its 12th year, the annual 40-dealer National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair is increasingly attracting visitors, some from Germany, Italy and Denmark, to have their vintage tackle valued by dealers, particularly by Neil Freeman of event sponsors Angling Auctions.

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Cooper’s cased trout brings demand in Cirencester

02 March 2016

Cased fish, once the only acceptable face of the taxidermy market, have cooled since the 1990s when prices in excess of £3000 were commonplace.

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Diggelmann doubles auction high for a ski poster

03 February 2016

A new auction high for a ski poster was established at Christie’s South Kensington’s annual Ski sale, held on January 21, when this 1934 colour lithograph advertising the attractions of the Swiss resort of Gstaad sold for £62,000 (plus premium).

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All Blacks jersey sets world record for a rugby shirt

13 October 2015

Lot number one in Rogers Jones’ latest sale provided both a world record result and a house record for the Welsh auctioneers.

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Ascot Cup shines at Felix Dennis collection sale

05 October 2015

The 1864 Ascot Cup, an impressive Victorian silver racing trophy by Garrard, led proceedings at the three-day sale of the Felix Dennis (1947-2014) collection. It sold at £67,000.

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Pioneering Aborigine sportsmen who toured with cricket bats as well as boomerangs

01 October 2015

An embossed brass belt buckle discovered in the back garden of an old English cottage is a reminder that the very first Australian side to tour England was one made up entirely of Aborigines.

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The shirt of original All Blacks legend

30 September 2015

Timing is everything in sport and at auction. With New Zealand firm favourites to retain the Webb Ellis Cup on October 31, this is surely the moment to sell the jersey of a legendary All Black.

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New high for Olympic torch as Budd sets £420,000 house record

09 June 2015

Sports specialist Graham Budd struck gold in his latest sale by setting an Olympic torch auction record.

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