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Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK


The great Wembley sale kicks off

The Twin Towers are in high demand

Fans are to get the chance to own a piece of football history when Wembley Stadium goes on sale on the internet.

Memorabilia from the world famous building, due to be demolished next year, will be auctioned off by online auctioneers

[ image: The auction will help pay for the new stadium]
The auction will help pay for the new stadium
QXL will open the bidding early next year. But Internet users can pre-register their bid and will receive a complete inventory of items available before it released to the general public.

Commercial director of Wembley National Stadium, Paul Fletcher, said: "The internet will allow us to reach the most amount of people and will give the auction a wider appeal.

"Callers have expressed a desire to own everything from the Twin Towers to the taps in the players' dressing room."

He said that money raised from the auction would go towards the £475m needed to replace the stadium.

[ image: Charity pop concert Live Aid was held at the stadium]
Charity pop concert Live Aid was held at the stadium
But a spokesman for the Football Supporters Association said it was a pity that auction would be open to a "restricted audience".

"There should be a telephone line so everyone in England has the opportunity to make a bid," he said.

Jim Rose,'s chief executive officer, said the internet was far more accessible to the public than an auction house such as Sotheby's.

"Wembley is an international icon - by having an online auction we're giving people all over the world a chance to own part of it.

"It isn't just about football - the stadium has hosted major rock and pop concerts - from Live Aid in 1985 to the recent Net Aid."

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