Oldest Surviving FA Cup Trophy
The Oldest Surviving FA Cup Trophy was sold for £478,400 in May 2005.
The FA Cup
The Football Association Challenge Cup was first held in 1871-72 and is the oldest football competition in the world.
The first team to win the competition was Wanderers FC; the cup is currently held by Chelsea FC.
The cover is “surmounted by a figure of a footballer with a football at his feet, the body cast and chased with scrolling foliage and bearing four oval cartouches, inscribed with the winning teams … on knopped stem and domed base”.
The trophy itself is the oldest existing F.A Cup, but not the first. It is in fact an exact replica of the original trophy made by the same company.
The original was stolen after being loaned by Aston Villa FC to a Birmingham football boot manufacturer. It was later thought to have been melted down.
The replica was presented to winning teams for 15 years, until it was given to Lord Kinnaird by The Football Association to commemorate his 21st Anniversary as president of The Football Association in 1911.
It has been described as “football's greatest prize.”
The trophy remained in Lord Kinnaird’s family until its sale.
On 19th May 2005, the trophy was sold for £478,500, by Christie’s, London. This surpassed the pre-sale estimate of £200-300,000.
The sale set a new world record for an item of football memorabilia, beating the previous record set in 1997 when a copy of the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy sold for £254,500.
It was purchased by an anonymous telephone bidder after “furious bidding”. The cup is one of only four produced for the competition.
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