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Friday, 23 March, 2001, 16:02 GMT
Banks medal goes for 125,000
1966 World Cup winner's medal with its original box
Experts believe the winner's medal will fetch 90,000
An anonymous telephone bidder has bought legendary England goalkeeper Gordan Banks's 1966 World Cup winners medal for 124,750.

The sale, at Christie's auction house in London, easily passed its initial 90,000 estimate.

According to Christie's football memorabilia specialist David Convery, the sale was record-breaking.

He said: "It's a world record for any football medal sold at any football auction throughout the world - more than doubling the pre-sale estimate.

"Christie's is delighted, Mr Banks is delighted and his family is delighted that it has realised so much."

Banks said the decision to sell was difficult - the 4-2 cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley was the greatest day of his career.

But the former Leicester and Stoke City keeper wants to save his children the burden of deciding what to do with the medal after his death.

gordon banks
Banks: "Difficult decision"
The proceeds will be divided between them.

Of little intrinsic value, auctioneers Christie's describes the prize as "a yellow metal medal measuring barely an inch across".

But for followers of English football it is the ultimate souvenir of the national team's finest hour.

Banks's international cap from the same match was also 27,025.

The black West German jersey Banks swapped with goalkeeper Hans Tiilkowski at the end of the epic final also went under the hammer.

Other lots at the auction of Banks's memorabilia included the international cap given to him when he made what many consider to be the world's greatest ever save, from Pele in the 1970 World Cup.

The cap was purchased by TV personality Nick Hancock for 8,825.

The auction in South Kensington, London, follows on from the sale of the Sir Geoff Hurst collection in September last year.

At that auction a world record 91,750 was paid for the red shirt Hurst wore during the 1966 final.

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