Henry Cooper boxing belts sell for $19,000 each at Bonhams

Bonhams' Sports Memorabilia auction in Chester, UK today (February 20) has seen the sale of two Henry Cooper British heavyweight championship belts.

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The belts feature an enamel portrait of Lord Lonsdale, who donated the original Lonsdale belts to the sport

The pair of 1960s silver-gilt Lonsdale belts, won by the much loved "gentleman of the ring", were sold for £12,500 ($19,133) each.

Bonhams previously sold Cooper's 1961 belt for £49,250 ($75,640) in May 2012, showing the readiness of the market for the memorabilia of this great personality, who died in 2011.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a superb signed photograph of James J Jeffries, aka The Boilermaker, a former world heavyweight champion. We also have a superb Muhammad Ali-signed photograph of his meeting with the Beatles.

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