1872 Sheffield FC athletics trophy makes $27,500 in Connecticut

A rare Sheffield Football Club athletics trophy dating to 1872 sold for $27,500 at Woodbury Auction's Fall Fine Estates sale in Connecticut on September 29. 

The sterling silver cup was presented to the winner of a three mile flat race held on July 8, 1872 at Bramall Lane cricket ground in Sheffield, and is one of just a few such trophies in private hands.

Sheffield FC athletic cup
The cup sold for $25,500

Founded in 1857, Sheffield FC is the oldest surviving football club in the world.

Memorabilia from the early years of organised football often performs well at auction - last year a ball used in the 1892 FA cup final sold for £15,000 ($23,843).

Earlier this year, the earliest known example of an FA Cup football programme achieved a record price for its type when it hammered for £30,000 ($46,000) at Graham Budd Auctions in the UK - an increase of 20% on its £25,000 ($39,738) estimate

We have a wide variety of football memorabilia available.

A Chinese carved two-sided jade panel was the surprise lot of the auction, achieving a sale price of $330,000 against a $400-600 estimate - an extraordinary increase of 54,900%.

It is likely that the piece was bought by a Chinese bidder, as jade is regarded as an intrinsically valuable material in Chinese culture.

A number of other eclectic lots featured, including a boars tusk and silver cigar cutter, which sold for $6,000.

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