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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.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup and Olympic medals sell at Mullock’s

11 May 2020

A gold winner’s medal awarded for the 1893 FA Cup – Wolverhampton Wanderers’ first major trophy – sold for £8000 at Mullock’s (20% buyer’s premium) on April 29-30.

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Naval success was right on the money

16 March 2020

A First World War medal fashioned from a Mexican eight reales coin was an unusual feature of a group sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on February 19.

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Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow

02 March 2020

The medal awarded to Celtic footballer Steve Chalmers who scored the winning goal as they became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 is coming to auction.

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Great sports: 1911 football shirt and cycling souvenirs

02 March 2020

With tripartite appeal to football fans of England, Wales and – most importantly as it turned out – of Millwall FC, a historic shirt was a winner at Hansons’ ( 20% buyer’s premium) sporting sale.