The auction of the trophies and memorabilia from Boris Becker’s career has ended, with bids totalling approximately £687,000.
The auction continued for over four and a half hours after its expected end time, as last-minute bids extended the online auction. The highest bid was £150,250 on the Full Size Sterling Silver Replica of the US Open Trophy by Tiffany & Co awarded to Boris Becker for his Men’s Singles win against Ivan Lendl in 1989.
Smith & Williamson’s Mark Ford, lead trustee to the bankruptcy estate of Boris Becker, said: “Following huge amounts of global attention on the auction of the trophies and memorabilia from Boris Becker’s career, we are pleased to announce that it has come to a close with the total bids significantly exceeding last year. The bids received show the enduring appeal Mr Becker has with the public, and supports the trustees’ decision to postpone the auction last year and to hold it again this year during the grass court tennis season.
The highest bid in 2018 for the US Open Trophy was £36,000 and this year it is £150,250, which is fantastic. We will be reporting back to creditors in due course and in line with our obligations. We still hope to locate and recover the missing trophies including six relating to Mr Becker’s successes at Wimbledon and his two Australian Open titles. If anyone has any information relating to these, please contact the trustees in bankruptcy.”
Terry Madden, Wyles Hardy & Co, said: “The team are extremely pleased with the results of today’s auction. With a total of 495 participants from 32 different nationalities registering to bid in the auction and with some placing bids from the Wimbledon crowd. It appears that free from the uncertainty created by the intervention last year, the sale has exceeded all our estimates.”
Top 3 highest bids:
- £150,250 – A Full Size Sterling Silver (925 Standard) Replica of the U.S Open Trophy by Tiffany & Co.
- £52,100 – A Scale Replica of the Davis Cup Winners Trophy
- £40,250 – The Renshaw Cup, Sterling Silver (hallmarked 1987)
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