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A 1931 FA Cup winner's medal

FA Cup medal takes £5000 at Harper Field

11 January 2024

An FA Cup winner's medal awarded to a club's assistant secretary may not sound that much of a big deal.

Tom Wilson's 1922 FA Cup winner’s medal

Pick of the week: Wilson was a first three in a row winner

19 June 2023

While the achievement of Manchester City players in winning three titles in consecutive seasons – with a treble – is certainly admirable, spare a thought for Tom Wilson, a footballer of a much earlier era.

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Busby Babe Johnny Berry remembered thanks to medal sale success

27 March 2023

In one way, Johnny Berry (1926-94) was luckier than many of Manchester United’s Busby Babes: he survived the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958, that killed many of his teammates.

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Silver meant first place in the first revived Olympics

27 March 2023

Gold has become the standard to aspire to at the Olympics but for the first version of the modern summer Games it was silver.

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He saw the Hand of God

19 December 2022

The soaring demand for sport memorabilia is evident from the result for the shirt of a player who did not even make it on to the pitch for a famous game.

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1966 and all that: when England made history

19 December 2022

A hat-trick of six-figure prices was achieved for England 1966 World Cup hero Alan Ball’s (1945-2007) winner’s medal, cup final shirt and World Cup cap.

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Olympic swimmer Rose set a gold standard

19 December 2022

Murray Rose (1939-2012) became the youngest Olympian to win three gold medals during one Games, aged just 17 in 1956.

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News in Brief – including Alan Ball’s 1966 World Cup winner's medal up at auction

14 November 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the 1966 World Cup winner’s medal won by England’s Alan Ball being offered next month.

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Hugh got his skates on in Edinburgh 221 years ago

24 October 2022

The sale at The Auction Centre (20% buyer’s premium) in Runcorn, Cheshire, on September 30 included this rare George III Scottish silver member’s badge for The Edinburgh Skating Club – the world’s first figure skating organisation.

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Sports medals: FA Cup hero and a show-jumping legend

10 October 2022

The game between Arsenal v Manchester United in 1979 provided one of the greatest finishes in FA Cup final history.

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Rare autograph of England’s first-ever football captain emerges at auction

29 August 2022

Two sporting ‘firsts’ are being marked by lots coming up in separate auctions this month.

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Golf medal converted to a brooch more than triples estimate at Mullock’s

14 February 2022

This 18ct gold and enamel medal was awarded to Reginald Arthur Whitcombe (1898-1957) for winning the 1936 Open Golf Championship of Ireland.

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Medal reflects unofficial Olympics that followed the 1904 St Louis flop

03 January 2022

This silver medal sold for £3250 at Fellows (23% buyer’s premium) is one of a relatively small number awarded at the Intercalated Games in Athens in 1906.

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Bidders sense the Links effect

03 January 2022

Perhaps established as early as 1735, the Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh holds claim to be the oldest golfing society in the world.

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Hefty price for medals won by footballer ‘Fanny’

29 November 2021

If you ever encounter the pub quiz question ‘who is the smallest footballer ever to represent England at a senior level’ just remember an FA Cup winner’s medal sold at sporting specialist auction house Knights (20% buyer’s premium).

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Third Lanark remembered at McTear’s auction

08 November 2021

Not all football memorabilia has to be Manchester United or early FA Cup, say, to catch the eye of buyers.

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The earliest Manchester United medal sold at auction

08 November 2021

The highlight of an impressive range of football memorabilia offered by specialist Graham Budd (20.5% buyer’s premium) was the earliest Manchester United medal sold at auction.

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Gold medal for an England football debut doubles estimate at Fieldings' auction

23 August 2021

In the mid 1930s players making an England debut could receive a gold commemorative medal instead of their normal match fee.

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Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms

15 February 2021

Despite the near absence of face-to-face trading, 2020 was a record year for London’s coins and medals auction houses with combined total sales just shy of £53m.

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Norman Whiteside’s memorabilia proves happy hunting ground for bidders at Ewbank's

10 August 2020

The FA Cup proved a happy hunting ground for Norman Whiteside in his playing days and at auction many years later the competition was still proving to be a big winner for him.