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Oldest FA Cup sells for 420,000
The FA Cup auction
There was furious bidding for the oldest FA Cup
The oldest existing version of the FA Cup has become the world's most expensive piece of football memorabilia after being sold for a record 420,000.

The sale, at Christie's in London, beat the previous record of 254,000 paid for the Jules Rimet World Cup in 1997.

A premium took the actual price of the silver cup, presented to winning teams from 1896 to 1910, to 478,400. It was bought by an unnamed telephone bidder.

Alan Ball's 1966 World Cup winners' medal fetched 140,000 at the auction.

It illustrates the growing strength of the sporting memorabilia market and I was incredibly pleased to be able to offer for sale football's greatest prize

A premium took the price of the medal to 164,800 - a world record for a football medal and an item of memorabilia from the 1966 World Cup.

Ball's 1966 World Cup cap also fetched 43,200.

David Convery, head of the sports memorabilia department at Christie's, said the FA Cup buyer had asked to remain anonymous.

Speaking after the auction, he added: "It was thrilling. Football sales started in 1989 [at Christies] and this is by and large the most impressive result.

"It illustrates the growing strength of the sporting memorabilia market and I was incredibly pleased to be able to offer for sale football's greatest prize."

Stolen

The trophy, one of four produced for the FA Cup competition since it began in 1871 is the only one to have come up for sale.

Alan Ball
Alan Ball's sales of memorabilia broke a number of records

Its holders have included Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle, Everton and Spurs.

The trophy was made as a replacement for the first cup, which was stolen from a shop window and is thought to have been melted down.

It was replaced by the FA in 1909 after holders Manchester United made a replica and the body realised it did not own the copyright.

The obsolete cup was then given to Lord Kinnaird to mark his presidency of the FA for more than two decades.




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