1968 European Cup medal makes $64,000 at auction



2015-06-26 13:02:58

1968 European Cup medal makes $64,000 at auction

Manchester United defender Bill Foulkes' 1968 European Cup winner's medal has sold

A 1968 European Cup winner's medal awarded to Manchester United's Bill Foulkes has far exceeded its estimate at a major sporting auction in London.

The medal, awarded to the English centre back following the team's 4-1 victory over Benfica at Wembley, sold for 40,000 ($63,886), up 33.3% on its 30,000 high estimate.

1968 European Cup medal Foulkes medal doubled the price of Alex Stepneys

In doing so it doubled the price of goalkeeper Alex Stepney's own medal from the same match, which sold for 20,000 ($32,000) in 2008, confirmation of the upward trend for the most prized mementoes from the "beautiful game".

The item's desirability was no doubt enhanced by Foulkes' own fascinating history. A survivor of the Munich air disaster that killed a number of his teammates, he was a one-club man, making 566 appearances for the Red Devils.

It continues a strong year for football medals at auction. A 1937 Scottish Cup medal awarded to Celtic manager Willie Maley (1868-1958) sold for 7,878 ($12,766) at PFC Auctions' online sale in September.

Foulkes' medal was among the highlights of the November 6 sale.

A track top worn at the 1984 Los Angeles Games by London 2012 mastermind and Olympic champion Sebastian Coe sold within estimate for 1,200 ($1,916).

There was less good news for the gold throne on which British cyclist Bradley Wiggins celebrated his Olympic cycling time trial victory earlier this year.

It received bids of 9,500 ($15,174) but failed to meet its reserve.

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