The original 1961 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner, which previously hung in the hockey team's (now-demolished) Chicago Stadium, is to sell at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on July 6.
The banner, which commemorates the Blackhawks' 1961 victory against rivals the Detroit Red Wings - the team's first Cup win for more than 29 years - previously auctioned in 1994, after the demolition of the dilapidated stadium took place.
The banner drew considerable bids, eventually selling to restaurant owner Gus Cappas for $15,000. It has hung in Cappas' restaurant ever since.
Ice hockey memorabilia is a boom market. In November 2012, a banner celebrating the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1967 Stanley Cup victory sold for $34,000, while Wayne Gretzky's 500th goal game-worn jersey made $297,997 (excluding buyer's premium) in June 2013.
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