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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Tennis trophies go under the hammer
Arthur Ashe died in 1993
Ashe was the first black man to win a Grand Slam title
Trophies won by tennis greats Arthur Ashe and Fred Perry will be auctioned at Christie's in London next month.

Ashe's World Championship Tennis tournament trophy, which he won in 1975 by beating Bjorn Borg, is expected to sell for up to 90,000 on June 25.

The trophy is part of the estate of Ashe, who died in 1993 aged 49 of Aids-related pneumonia.

Ashe became the first black man to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the U.S Open in 1968. He also won the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975.

Fred Perry acknowledges the Wimbledon crowd
Fred Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon

Also for sale is the Renshaw trophy, which Perry received when he won the first of his three consecutive Wimbledon singles titles in 1934.

Christie's expects around 45,000 for the trophy when it is sold by the anonymous owner.

Perry was the first tennis player to win all four Grand Slam titles, although not in the same year. He died in 1995, aged 85.

Great heroes

"We are very excited about putting these items up for auction," said Christie's tennis specialist Lucy Clark.

"Arthur Ashe is one of the great heroes of tennis and his trophy was won when he was ranked number one in the world and was very important to his tennis career.

"Fred Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon and the trophy marked the start of his magnificent career."

The collection of former British tennis champion Sir Francis Gordon Lowe is also for sale, including a 1925 winner's cup from the Queens Club tournament.

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