An public sale of trophies and private memorabilia belonging to German tennis legend Boris Becker has attracted nearly £700,000 in bids.
Becker auctioned off his trophies to repay the money owed he owes after being declared bankrupt two years in the past.
The very best bid used to be £150,250 for a full-size sterling silver reproduction of america Open trophy that Becker gained in 1989 in opposition to Ivan Lendl.
Additionally up on the market have been tennis rackets; footwear and garments that he wore at the court docket; an eye fixed talented to him through Novak Djokovic, whom Becker used to train; and a certificates commemorating his doubles gold medal on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
All the 82 a lot have been bought right through the public sale, for a complete of round £687,000.
Auctioneers Wyles Hardy & Co stated just about 500 individuals from 32 nations signed up for the public sale, with some even bidding from the audiences at Wimbledon.
Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, used to be declared bankrupt in June 2017 over undisclosed sums owed to London-based personal bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co.
There might be extra trophies belonging to Becker which his property have not begun to search out – and may just lend a hand repay his debt.
Mark Ford, the lead trustee to Becker’s chapter property, stated: “We nonetheless hope to find and get better the lacking trophies together with six in terms of Mr Becker’s successes at Wimbledon and his two Australian Open titles.
“If someone has any data in terms of those, please touch the trustees in chapter.”
The public sale used to be because of happen ultimate 12 months however needed to be postponed when Becker argued his appointment through the EU to the Central African Republic as a sports activities attache intended that he could not face felony court cases.
The declare used to be ultimately dropped and the public sale used to be rescheduled.