Christie’s auction serves tennis ace memorabilia
Fans of tennis star Roger Federer will soon have the opportunity to own treasured memories of his incredible career.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is auctioning off a piece of memorabilia to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation, which aims to give vulnerable children in southern Africa and Switzerland access to quality education.
A live auction will take place at Christie’s London on June 23, with an online auction running from June 23 to July 14.
The auction will feature 20 lots from his Grand Slam victories, while another 300 lots will be part of the online offering.
“I started keeping these items from the first days [onwards] hoping to one day do something that can help make a difference in the world,” Federer said.
The items include a racquet bag and shirt from the 2006 Wimbledon tournament, where Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final to claim his fourth consecutive Wimbledon crown. The estimated price is £15,000-25,000.
Federer made it five in a row the following year and a Wilson kit and racquet from that success are expected to cost between £30,000 and £50,000.
There’s also a pair of Nike ‘Darth Federer’ night trainers from the US Open 2007 which are expected to fetch £15,000-25,000, and another pair of signature Nike shoes are expected to fetch £50,000-70,000.
Items in the online auction include outfits, bags, headbands and a classic Wimbledon Towel.
Christie’s low estimate values the entire collection at £1 million.