Boris Becker collects nearly £700k in memorabilia auction

Trophies earned some of the highest bids

Friday, July 12, 2019

An auction of trophies and memorabilia belonging to former tennis star Boris Becker has earned £687,000.

Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, and the money will go towards paying off his German creditors.

Auctioneers Wyles Hardy & Co said nearly 500 people registered to take part in the auction, which sold all 82 items up for grabs.

Some were even bidding online from the crowd in Wimbledon.

The highest bid was £150,250 on a sterling silver replica of the US Open trophy given to Becker by Tiffany & Co for his 1989 victory over Ivan Lendl.

A replica of the Davis Cup trophy sold for £52,100 while the sterling silver Renshaw Cup went for £40,250.

Other items in the sale included the 1985 Wimbledon singles trophy and a watch given to the former world number one by this year’s Wimbledon finalist Novak Djokovic.

Becker coached the current world number one between 2014 and 2016.

The auction was due to take place last year, but was put on hold during High Court action over Becker’s bankruptcy.

He had tried to claim diplomatic immunity due to his appointment as an attaché for the Central African Republic, but this was dropped last November.

Creditors are still trying to find several missing trophies, including six relating to Wimbledon and Becker’s two Australian Open titles.

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