THE first outing for Sotheby’s associate Graham Budd Auctions (15% buyer’s premium) offered a large range of sporting memorabilia in a 885-lot sale held at Sotheby’s Olympia on June 9. Football was the most represented sport, contributing to well over half the total number of lots.
There was a healthy take-up on the 200 or so football
programmes with the vast majority finding buyers. This included
Harold Hardman's personal copy of the programme for the England v
Wales international played at Anfield on March 27 1905, which sold
Harold Payne Hardman was an outside left from Blackpool who had
joined Everton in 1903. He later played for Manchester United and
became a director of the club. The programme was signed by the
player on the front cover and was pasted with a match report press
cutting. The lot also came with Hardman's selection letter from the
FA. England won the match 3-1.
The sale also saw a 1966 World Cup pennant from England's second
group match with Mexico sell for a top-estimate £2500. It was made
of maroon silk ground with gold threadwork forming the Jules Rimet
emblem with a large medallion. Goals from Bobby Charlton and Roger
Hunt sealed a 2-0 England victory at Wembley on this
There were also 17 lots relating to Newcastle's most capped
player, Alf McMichael, who made over 400 appearances for the club
between 1949 and 1962. The full back was a stalwart of the Magpies'
victorious 1952 FA cup team that beat Arsenal 1-0 in the final. His
winners' medal, made from 9 carat gold, with the player's name
inscribed and fitted in its original case, sold at £5500 and his No
3 Cup Final jersey made £3400, both exceeding their upper
Elsewhere in the sale, President Eisenhower's personalised golf
clubs sold for £1250. They had been custom-made by Spalding Robert
Jones and comprised four woods, eight irons, a wedge and two
putters. The wedge was stamped with the president's
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