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WorldBankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds

01:05  12 july  2019
01:05  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds . Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried

Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds© - US Open trophy tops auction of trophies and memorabilia of bankrupt German tennis legend Boris Becker which attracted global interest

An online auction of 82 of the trophies and other memorabilia of bankrupt German tennis legend Boris Becker realised approximately £687,000 ($AU860,000), according to the company dealing with his bankruptcy.

The 51-year-old six-time Grand Slam winner was declared bankrupt two years ago and his debts could total as much as £50 million ($AU90 million) although that could be reduced significantly if several claims are dismissed.

A replica of the 1989 US Open trophy -- when Becker beat Ivan Lendl -- realised the highest price of £150,250 ($AU269,801) in the auction which was extended by several hours due to last-minute bids.

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Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds . Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried

London: Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds . Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried

Bidders included some from people attending Wimbledon, according to Terry Madden of the auctioneers Wyles Hardy.

In all, there were 495 bidders from 32 different nationalities for trophies, photographs and other memorabilia, although several of the many trophies won by Becker -- including his two Australian Open wins and some from his three Wimbledon triumphs -- have yet to be found.

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"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," said Mark Ford, of London-based firm Smith & Williamson, lead trustee to the bankruptcy estate of Becker.

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Boris Becker , who was declared bankrupt in 2017, will be auctioning 82 items, which include medals and cups. The 51-year-old was declared bankrupt in 2017 but reports suggest that even an auction will not help him get rid of his debt which is over millions of pounds .

Read more about Tennis legend Boris Becker to auction trophies Boris Becker at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. The 51-year-old was declared bankrupt in 2017 but reports suggest that even an auction will not help him get rid of his debt which is over millions of pounds .

"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 auction had to be postponed last year when Becker, still the youngest player at 17 to have won the Wimbledon men's title in 1985, claimed diplomatic immunity due to being appointed the Central African Republic's "sporting, cultural and humanitarian attache to the European Union".

Ford told AFP: "It certainly was a very unusual and probably difficult time."

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

However, Ford once again asked that those with any knowledge of where the missing trophies are to come forward.

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Boris Becker is selling off trophies from his tennis career, including the Renshaw Cup trophy he was presented with after winning Wimbledon. There are 81 lots in the sale with an overall value of hundreds of thousands of pounds . It is tipped to exceed its £8,000 reserve price at the online auction .

Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds . Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried

"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," he said.

"If anyone has any information relating to these, please contact the trustees in bankruptcy."

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Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds
Bankrupt Becker's trophy auction raises over half a million pounds

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