Auction of tennis great Boris Becker’s trophies raises over $800,000

Ruben Hill
Июля 12, 2019

A replica of the 1989 US Open trophy - when Becker beat Ivan Lendl - realised the highest price of £150,250 in the auction which was extended by several hours due to last-minute bids.

The 51-year-old six-time Grand Slam victor was declared bankrupt two years ago and his debts could total as much as £50million although that could be reduced significantly if several claims are dismissed.

Bidders included some from people attending Wimbledon, according to Terry Madden of the auctioneers Wyles Hardy.

They included a replica of the Davis Cup winners trophy, which fetched 52,100 pounds, an worldwide tennis hall of fame ring as well as watches and playing clothes.

The sale of the three-time Wimbledon champion's belongings was due to take place a year ago but was temporarily put on hold during a High Court action over his bankruptcy.

An on-line auction of 82 of the trophies and other memorabilia of bankrupt German tennis legend Boris Becker realised approximately £687,000 (RM3.5 million), according to the company dealing with his bankruptcy.

The auction began in June past year but was put on hold when Becker claimed diplomatic immunity against an attempt to sue him, insisting his appointment as a diplomat by the Central African Republic (CAR) gave him protection from any legal claims.

Terry Madden, from Wyles Hardy & Co, said: "It appears that free from the uncertainty created by the intervention past year, the sale has exceeded all our estimates".

Smith and Williamson's Mark Ford, lead trustee to Becker's bankruptcy estate, said: "The highest bid in 2018 for the US Open Trophy was £36,000 and this year it is £150,250, which is fantastic". Becker issued an appeal to the public previous year after discovering they had been misplaced.

He added: "We will be reporting back to creditors in due course and in line with our obligations".

Becker won six tennis grand slam tournaments during his career, rising to become one of Germany's biggest sports stars of the 1980s and 1990s, after winning his first Wimbledon title at just 17 years old.

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