Boris Becker's memorabilia attracts bids totalling nearly £700000 in auction

Boris Becker bankruptcy sale

Boris Becker trophy and memorabilia auction raises over £680,000

German former tennis player Boris Becker had tennis memorabilia auctioned to pay creditors.

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.

Auctioneers Wyles Hardy & Co said 495 participants of 32 nationalities registered for the auction, with some placing bids from the Wimbledon crowd.

Becker subsequently withdrew that claim last December allowing Ford to proceed once more with the auction and it paid dividends in that past year the US Open trophy attracted a bid of just £36,000.

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

Ford hoped a number of Becker's missing Grand Slam trophies would be located and recovered.

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

The 82 items were first offered for sale in June 2018 but the auction was suspended after Becker, 51, challenged his bankruptcy status in Britain and claimed diplomatic immunity as a sports attache for the Central African Republic in the European Union.

The claim was dropped in November and the auction was rescheduled for the end of June.

"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 a year ago", said Mark Ford, of London-based firm Smith & Williamson, lead trustee to the bankruptcy estate of Becker. Becker issued an appeal to the public past year after discovering they had been misplaced.

A German Bambi golden deer "man of the year" trophy, awarded to Becker in 1985, attracted a winning bid of 30,600 pounds.

Boris Becker won three titles at Wimbledon including at age 17 in 1985 two at the Australian Open and one at the U.S. Open.

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