Graham Budd

Graham Budd is a specialist sporting memorabilia auctioneer. 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.


Busby contract demands the beautiful game

30 April 2018

Manchester United fans grumbling about the current style of play will be interested to learn that when Matt Busby joined as manager he was contractually obliged to play entertaining football.


Matt Busby first Manchester United contract up at auction demands attractive football style

26 April 2018

Forget Jose Mourinho being criticised for a stultifying style of play at Manchester United – when Matt Busby started as manager of the Red Devils he was contractually obliged to play entertaining football.

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Liverpool FC memorabilia from old Main Stand at Anfield ready to score at auction

08 February 2018

Liverpool FC supporters are being given the opportunity to own a piece of Reds’ history in a special memorabilia auction being held at Anfield.


Pick of the Week: Jesse was best of the West Brom

20 November 2017

One of the most comprehensive and best-preserved football memorabilia collections auctioneer Graham Budd (17.5% buyer’s premium) has ever handled netted a hammer total of £107,000 for a remarkable 47 lots including medals and caps on November 14-15.


Boxing clever with Muhammad Ali boxing memorabilia

08 May 2017

“Wait a minute. You’re putting my gloves in jail? This is awful. How can you put my gloves in jail? They ain’t done nothing… yet!”

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Muhammad Ali gloves are latest boxing boost for auctioneer Graham Budd

04 May 2017

No offence to Neil Diamond, a highly respected singer, but if you are a 12-year-old boy then memorabilia linked to him is not likely to be top of your present list. Fortunately, the other gift was a pair of boxing gloves owned by Muhammad Ali.

Trunks worn by Muhammad Ali

“He hit me harder than anybody else I have met” – Muhammad Ali boxing trunks from fight against Henry Cooper offered in London sale

18 October 2016

The boxing trunks worn by Muhammad Ali in a famous but controversial fight against Henry Cooper will be offered at a Graham Budd auction next month, estimated at £70,000-90,000.

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Usain Bolt Olympic 2012 stadium track section to be sold at Graham Budd auction

10 August 2016

The Olympic Games produce magical memories and high achievement and few competitors have created so many memories and achieved as much as Usain Bolt.

Geoffrey Hurst's 1966 England shirt at Sotheby's

‘They think it’s all over’… England’s 1966 World Cup victory still holds special place in collecting market

11 July 2016

It may only be a few weeks until the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup final but, judging by the way their team exited the Euros, England fans will have to wait a lot longer before their team ever again reaches the final a major football tournament.

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Stanley Matthews’ FA Cup medal scores new record at £220,000

14 November 2014

Setting a record for a football medal at £220,000, Stanley Matthews's 1953 F.A. Cup Final winner's medal drew dramatic competition at Graham Budd’s sale of sporting memorabilia earlier this week.

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World Cup latest – auctions score with 1966 shirts

13 June 2014

“They think it’s all over... it is now!”

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Estonian Olympic cycling medals strike gold

12 November 2013

It is not often that auctioneer Graham Budd finds his name splashed over the front pages of Estonian newspapers but when a particular group of cycling memorabilia came up at his November 4-5 sale it is exactly what happened.


Fine result for Eton College

08 July 2013

Eton College is now the new home of the world’s most expensive football programme.

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Auction record for any football programme

20 May 2013

Almost exactly a year after Graham Budd set a record for any football programme at auction he has done it again.


Olympic Games brings run of auctions

24 August 2012

While the eyes of the world have been on the 2012 London Games, the Olympic influence did not leave the auction scene untouched.


Manchester United’s first cup victory

16 May 2012

Setting a record for any football programme at auction, an official one penny match card from the 1909 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Bristol City sold for £20,000 at Graham Budd’s sale in association with Sotheby’s.


Great season of sporting antiques

25 October 2010

IN a week when the 1968 European Cup winner’s medal awarded to George Best sold for £130,000, the appearance of more blue-chip sporting memorabilia on the auction market has been announced.


Invincible at £19,000...

15 May 2006

“This was the earliest Cup Final programme I’ve ever seen,” said Graham Budd (15% buyer’s premium), referring to lot 747 in his sale on May 9-10 in association with Sotheby’s Olympia.


£280,000 bid to enter the Ascot winners’ enclosure every day

31 May 2005

RACEHORSE trainers may be used to a photo finish but a battle between two famous breeders went right to the wire on May 17 when Graham Budd (17.5% buyer’s premium) in association with Sotheby’s Olympia offered a selection of chattels from Ascot Racecourse.


Football and presidential clubs fare well in Budd’s first

10 August 2004

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.