Friday, May 20, 2005

Oldest FA Cup Trophy Sold At Auction

The oldest trophy for the FA Cup, one of the best known competitions in football, was sold at auction this week. The silver trophy was presented to the winning team in the English knockout competition between the years 1898 and 1910. It was sold for £420,000 at Christie's in London, a world record amount for football memorabilia. The price, which was actually over £478,000 when sale premiums were added, beat the previous record of £254,000 which was paid for the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy in 1997. The record-breaking trophy is one of four trophies used during the history of the FA Cup competition. The original trophy, used at the beginning of the competition in 1871, was stolen from a shop window and is believed to have been melted down. The 1898 trophy was made as a replacement for the stolen trophy. In 1909 the English Football Association decided to replace the 1898 trophy after holders Manchester United made a replica and the FA realised that it did not hold the copyright in the trophy.

Also on sale at the Christie's football memorabilia auction was the World Cup winner's medal of Alan Ball, which reached a world record price of £140,000 (£164,800 with premium).