Top 5 Wimbledon memorabilia
Paul Fraser Collectibles' Top 5 Wimbledon tennis memorabilia ever auctioned
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Wednesday 27 June 2012
The queues, the strawberries, the tantrums. Yes, Wimbledon fortnight is upon us again. Here is our look at the Top 5 Wimbledon tennis memorabilia.
Fred Perry's 1936 trophy
Fred Perry, whose 1936 victory still stands as the last time an Englishman lifted the men's title, is among the key players on the tennis auction scene.
The trophy Perry received for winning his last Wimbledon title sold for £31,200 at Christie's in 2006, while the Slazenger racquet he employed to win his second Wimbledon, in 1934, made £23,000 with the same auction house in 1997.
Arthur Ashe's 1975 necklace
Arthur Ashe's 1975 final victory over Jimmy Connors shocked tennis, and poor Jimmy. Known for his attacking prowess, Ashe opted for a more measured approach for the final in an attempt to frustrate the 1974 Wimbledon champion. It worked.
Ashe, a noted civil rights campaigner, remains the only black player to win Wimbledon's men's title.
The yellow ivory necklace he wore during the final sold for $13,200 at Sotheby's in 2005.
Blanche Bingley 1886 bracelet
The gold bracelet awarded to Blanche Bingley for becoming the second winner of Wimbledon's ladies' singles, in 1886, made $18,000 at a New York auction in October 2009.
The Englishwoman went on to win a further five Wimbledon titles.
Bill Tilden's 1920 trophy
The trophy awarded to 1920 winner "Big" Bill Tilden auctioned for $71,500 in 1992. American Tilden was among the game's earliest stars, holding the number one spot for seven years and winning 10 Grand Slams. He won the Wimbledon title a further two times, in 1921 and 1930.
Bjorn Borg's 1981 racquet
Five-time winner Bjorn Borg's Donnay Pro Personal Model tennis racquet from his final defeat to John McEnroe in 1981 sold for £13,200 at a Christie's auction in 2007.
The match ended Borg's run of 41 consecutive wins at Wimbledon.
Borg put several items up for auction with Bonhams in 2006, including his Wimbledon trophies and several racquets from his victories. However, John McEnroe managed to persuade Borg not to part with them.
Check out our Borg signed photo here.
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