Boris Becker’s trophies and medals auctioned after tennis star’s bankruptcy
Trophies and memorabilia from Boris Becker’s estate valued at more than £200,000 are being sold to pay off the three-time Wimbledon champion’s debts.
The 82 lots include the trophy from his 1985 Wimbledon singles defeat of Kevin Curren, other Wimbledon medals and a certificate commemorating the German star’s men’s doubles gold medal win with Michael Stich in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
A watch given to Becker by Novak Djokovic and a US Open trophy awarded for his victory against Ivan Lendl in 1989 are also being sold.
The money will benefit Becker’s creditors as the 51-year-old was declared bankrupt in June 2017.
The sale was initially scheduled to take place last year but was temporarily halted when Becker applied for an injunction in June 2018 by claiming diplomatic immunity. The claim was dropped in November and the auction was rescheduled for the end of June.
Lots may be viewed from Tuesday at Wyles Hardy in Hemel Hempstead by appointment only, while an online auction is scheduled to close on Thursday.
Mark Ford, joint trustee to the estate of Boris Becker, said: “We are pleased that there has been very strong interest shown in the auction items from a number of parties based across the world and initial signs are indicating that the auction is on course to provide a substantial return for the benefit of Mr Becker’s creditors.”
He added: “Now that the auction has been resumed and initial signs are showing that the level of excitement in this rare opportunity for tennis fans to acquire memorabilia of this kind is exceeding that of last year, we look forward to shortly concluding a successful sale of these items and, as this will be one of the final asset realisations in the bankruptcy, we anticipate declaring a dividend to creditors later this year.”