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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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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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Terracotta figure of legendary cricketer WG Grace hits £10,000 hammer in Canterbury auction

08 August 2019

With the new cricket world champions facing an uphill struggle after being thrashed in the first Ashes test by the Aussies, England could do with summoning the spirit of WG Grace.

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Memorabilia from the sporting greats comes to Hollywood auction

17 October 2017

From FIFA to F1, Olympics to boxing, Julien’s offers some knock out lots in its November sale

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Original contracts up at auction reveal Stanley Matthews £5 a week pay

04 August 2017

The eye-watering sums that footballer Neymar is set to earn as part of his £200m record transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain are put into perspective by another contract from a different era (in so many senses).

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Ashes memorabilia at auction catches attention in cricket collecting field

28 April 2017

Cricket can be a confusing game, full of ins and outs, stopping for lunch and tea and rain, with five-day games that can still end in a draw.

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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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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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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.

It’s not over yet: the continuing saga of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball

01 June 2015

A new twist has emerged in the long-running story of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball.

Teeing off with golf in Scotland

06 January 2014

Bonhams are to hold golf memorabilia sales in Scotland starting in June.

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Welsh international football cap from 1893-94 season

16 November 2012

This Football Association of Wales 1893-94 Season green velvet cap with braided gilt wire tassel and embroidered dragon, will appear in the November 21 sale at Halls of Shrewsbury.

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Cast from record salmon catch takes £5500 at auction

22 October 2012

It is doubtless the source of a little irritation, or perhaps amusement, to members of the men-only Flyfishers Club of Piccadilly that the two largest salmon ever caught with a rod and line in British waters were both landed by women.

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Bolt boost in Birmingham

13 August 2012

A pair of running spikes that belonged to double Olympic 100m and 200m gold medallist Usain Bolt sped to a £25,000 price at a Birmingham charity auction.

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Gymnast’s Olympic blazer up for sale

01 August 2012

An Olympic blazer and a painted diploma belonging to Ada Smith, a bronze medal-winning gymnast from Leigh near Wigan, will be up for auction on August 16-17 at Adam Partridge auctioneers of Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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The voice of Jackie Milburn

21 May 2012

A recording of players from Newcastle United and Blackpool discussing the forthcoming 1951 FA Cup Final is being offered by Eighteen Eighteen Auctioneers in Kendal, Cumbria, on May 29.

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Swiss still the kings of the slopes

11 February 2012

Posters of St Moritz, Davos, Gstaad continue to dominate at ski sales in London.

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Club football’s earliest rulebook comes to auction

16 May 2011

SOTHEBY'S will sell the earliest rules of club football on July 14. They are part of a lot which includes the historic archive of the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC.