FA Cup medal auctions for $18,500 at Nate D Sanders

A medal presented following Manchester United's record 11th FA Cup Final win has sold well in Nate D Sanders' March 27 online auction.

Manchester United FA Cup medal
The 2004 win marked a record 11 wins for the club, more than any other team, and was also the last time legendary boss Alex Ferguson lifted the cup

Awarded to an assistant referee at the 2004 match, in which the team won 3-0 against Millwall, the medal sold for $18,000, rising well past the $10,000 starting bid.

With Nate D Sanders based in the US, the sale demonstrates the international appeal of Manchester United, which is home to some of the world's top players, and the appeal of the "beautiful game" in general.

The shirt is almost fresh off Rooney's back, having been used for a November 2013 game

Also selling was a Wayne Rooney match-worn Manchester United shirt, which comes from the November 10, 2013 game against Arsenal at United's home stadium, Old Trafford.

Featuring a red poppy as part of the Poppy Appeal campaign, the shirt was originally sold at a charity auction. In the Nate D Sanders sale, it made $5,000.

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