16 June 2010
Denise Burrows reports on how World Cup fever arrived at Sotheby's when sporting memorabilia sold for exceptional amounts. ...
World Cup fever arrived on at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, recently when a specialist section in Graham Budd Auctions’ Sports Memorabilia sale attracted great competition from football fans.
A 1938 World Cup Final programme for Hungary v Italy at the Stade De Colombes sold for £4,000. Other programme highlights included one for England’s match against Chile at Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, in 1950, which sold for £1,400, while the programme for the 1950 final, Spain v Uruguay, played at Sao Paulo went for £550.
Other collectors were happy to take home the medals, such as a silver FIFA 1950 runners-up medal as presented to an unidentified Brazilian player, which sold for £2,500, and a 1990 FIFA runners-up medal, awarded to Argentinian goalkeeper Nery Alberto Pumpido, which went for £2,000. A set of autographs of the England 1966 World Cup winners plus manager Alf Ramsey sold for £750, while six unused tickets for the 1950 World Cup went for £700.