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.


Gary Lineker shirt at auction

Gary Lineker’s last England shirt to be offered as part of huge online football auction

22 January 2020

Gary Lineker’s shirt worn in his final match for England features in what is believed to be the largest collection of ‘soccer’ memorabilia ever offered at auction in the US.

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Fleamarket find joins the national ceramics collection

06 January 2020

A white porcelain sculpture made in the experimental years of the Chelsea factory has been acquired for the national ceramics collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Bobby Moore's first international cap as England captain sells for £11,000 at auction

30 November 2019

The first cap as England captain won by 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Moore sold for £11,000 at a Shropshire auction along with an array of FA Cup and Manchester United programmes.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete beats Antiques Roadshow valuation at auction

19 November 2019

The first Olympic medals won by a black British athlete together with his sporting memorabilia sold at Hansons today.

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First Olympic medal to be won by a black British athlete comes to auction

14 November 2019

Jack London (1905-66) became the first black British athlete to win an Olympic medal when he was awarded bronze in the 4x4 100 metres relay and a silver in the 100 metres sprint in the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.

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Huge polar exploration exhibition opens at Spink in London

13 November 2019

Auction house Spink is to host a comprehensive polar exhibition at its saleroom in Southampton Row, London.

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Sounding the Thunderer for the first penalty kick in a World Cup Final

11 November 2019

The whistle that blew after just a minute of play to signal the first penalty kick ever awarded in a World Cup Final has sold for £4200 at a London auction.

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Golf guide chips in for a sport surprise

04 November 2019

Golf books do not bring as many really high prices as was once the case, but the most recent of the regular sales in this category held by a Californian saleroom did contain a couple of surprises.

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Celtic medal to club legend sells in Glasgow

28 October 2019

A reminder of football’s early days, when huge crowds watched teams from the Scottish league playing counterparts from England, this 15ct gold medal with enamelled Scottish lion rampant was a hit when offered in its spiritual home of Glasgow by McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Setting out the laws of cricket at Knights Sporting Auctions

28 October 2019

The sale at Knights Sporting Auctions in Leicester on November 2-3 includes a number of items previously sold by Christie’s as duplicates from the library of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2010.

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Anyone for Sphairistike? Net gains for tennis rarities

21 October 2019

Sphairistike, an ancient Greek term meaning skill in playing at ball, was the name Major Walter Wingfield chose for the game he patented and first advertised early in 1874.

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First days of the Spurs

21 October 2019

The earliest days of Tottenham Hotspur FC are revealed in a remarkable hand-written ledger coming up at auction in a November 4-5 London sale.

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ATG LETTER: Cricketana auctions and an uncanny resemblance

07 October 2019

MADAM – I was pleased to see the report in ATG No 2410 on the cricket collection sold by the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Trophy is a knock-out buy

07 October 2019

Punching well above its weight, a 9ct gold Lonsdale Championship boxing trophy presented to legendary Glaswegian champion Benny Lynch was the top draw at Fellows’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Birmingham.

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Chilton plays a part in D-Day

23 September 2019

Many talented footballers had their careers interrupted or even curtailed by the world wars. Although Allenby Chilton is not exactly a household name, not many players featured in both a Manchester United title-winning side and the D-Day Normandy landings.

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Happy Hibs trust buys medals

23 September 2019

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the football league in Scotland has not always been dominated by Celtic and Rangers. The last time a team outside the Old Firm won the title was Aberdeen in 1985.

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The uniform of The Babe

23 September 2019

Stand-out lot in the Julien’s auction on November 14 in Beverly Hills is a Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform worn by Babe Ruth, America’s baseball hero. It comes from a 350-piece private collection amassed over 30 years.

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Cricket collection scores highly in Canterbury test

23 September 2019

Amassed by one of the longest-serving members of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), a group of cricketing lots notched up a number of auction highlights last month.

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‘Banned’ bats welcomed at auction

23 September 2019

The John Goodwin (15% buyer’s premium) saleroom in Malvern offered what it dubbed “probably the most notorious bat in cricket history” in its June 20 auction: the infamous aluminium bat used by Dennis Lillee in the 1979-80 Ashes.

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Medal marks a very early international

23 September 2019

This late 9ct gold Football League medal was awarded to Billy Bassett (1869-1937), one of the best-known footballers of the late Victorian era.

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