Graham Budd

Graham Budd Auctions are specialist sporting memorabilia auctioneers. The company was set up in 2004 by Graham Budd who was previously head of sporting memorabilia at Sotheby’s. In 2022 he agreed a sale of the firm to a syndicate led by businessman Tim Murphy.

The firm continues to offer collectable items in the fields of football, golf, cricket, tennis, horse racing, motor sports, rugby, Olympics and boxing.


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Scarce Manchester United programme for Wolves game called off after Munich disaster sells at auction

16 January 2024

One of the world’s rarest football programmes is for a game abandoned due to tragedy: the Munich air crash of 1958.

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Making a match – football shirts worn in action sought by collectors

15 January 2024

The growth in the market for vintage football tops connected to popular players continues apace

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Pick of the week: Signing the first England captain

11 September 2023

A timed online sale of sporting memorabilia that closed on August 27 at Graham Budd was topped by a photocard of Cuthbert J Ottaway (1850-78).

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‘Earliest international rugby cap’ at auction

28 August 2023

This faded red-brown velvet cap worn by Alfred St George Hamersley (1848-1929) is believed to be the earliest rugby international cap to come to auction.

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Print includes a Wimbledon tennis pioneer

10 July 2023

A Tennis Match at Manchester is a very rare print marking one of the first British tennis tournaments.

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All my world’s a stage – author Ned Boulting on his Tour de France book inspired by an auction buy

03 July 2023

A chance purchase at auction during lockdown inspired a whole book on a single day of the Tour de France 100 years ago

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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Middlesbrough FC jerseys is ‘possibly the oldest Football League shirt extant’

27 March 2023

This jersey dates from between 1886 and 1890, making it not just the oldest Middlesbrough FC shirt but possibly the oldest Football League shirt extant.

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Photo shows Gunners still south of the river

27 March 2023

With Arsenal still setting the pace at the top of the Premier League as we went to press, several lots offered at Graham Budd’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale on March 7-8 acted as a reminder of the club’s formative days.

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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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Manchester United match programme for European Cup final replay never even played makes £7500

09 February 2023

High sums can be paid for football programmes that were produced but never issued as with an unneeded example for the Red Devils' 1968 triumph.

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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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New faces and locations across auction houses and galleries

25 October 2022

The latest appointments and openings across the art and antiques sector.

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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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Brothers brought South American magic via Barnsley

13 June 2022

Long before Mirandinha, Faustino Asprilla and Nolberto Solano graced the hallowed turf of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, two brothers paved the way for South American footballers to play professionally in England.

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Reminders of Derby Day glory sell at auction just before the big race

31 May 2022

This Saturday, June 4 is Derby Day - one of the five classic English horse races.

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Sergio Aguero shirt worn when scoring last-gasp Man City title winner in 2012 comes up at auction

18 May 2022

Probably best to look away now if you are a Man Utd fan...

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