Wikicollecting.org – Top 10 most expensive items of football memorabilia The beautiful game is awash with money these days, and it’s not just the transfer fees that have soared in price, memorabilia too is on the up.
News-Antique.com - Aug 24,2011 - 1) The Football Association Challenge Cup - £278,400
The FA Challenge Cup that was presented to Lord Kinnaird in 1911 to celebrate his 21st anniversary as President of the Football Association was sold by Christie’s in May 2005 for £278,400, making it the world’s most expensive piece of football memorabilia.
2) Replica Jules Rimet trophy - £254,500
A replica of the Jules Rimet trophy, created so that the real trophy could be kept safe, was sold for £254,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in 1997.
3) Nobby Stiles’ World Cup Winners Medal - £188,200
The continental gold 1966 World Cup Winners Medal awarded to Nobby Stiles was sold for £188,200 by Convery Auctions.
It was bought by Manchester United Football Club, where Stiles spend the majority of his career.
4) Alan Ball’s 1966 World Cup medal - £164,800
Alan Ball sold his 1966 World Cup medal through Christie’s in 2005 to raise money to support his family. The medal sold for £164,800.
5) Pele’s football shirt from the 1970 World Cup final - £157,750
In March 2002, Christie’s auctioned the Pele wore during the 1970 World Cup final.
It was gained by Roberto Rosato who swapped shirts with Pele.
Expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000, the shirt sold for £157,750.
6) George Best’s 1968 European Cup winner’s medal - £156,000
The medal awarded to George Best following Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Benfica in 1968 was sold at a Bonhams auction in 2010 for £156,000.
7) Gordon Banks’ 1966 World Cup medal - £124,750
In 2001 Gordon Banks’ World Cup medal was sold at a Christie’s auction for £124,750. Banks claimed that he sold the medal to save his children the trouble of worrying what to do with it after he died.
The buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder.
8) Geoff Hurst’s 1966 World Cup final shirt - £91,750
The England shirt worn by Hurst during the 1966 World Cup final was sold at a Christie’s auction for £91,750.
9) Alan Ball’s 1966 England World Cup final shirt - £51,775
The shirt worn by Ball during the 1966 Wolrd Cup final was sold by Convery Auctions in Edinburgh for £51,775.
10) Alan Ball’s World Cup cap - £43,200
Alan Ball’s 1966 blue World Cup international cap representing matches against Uruguay, Argentina, Portugal and West Germany was sold by Christie’s, London in May 2005 for £43,200.