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  • Roger Bannister's four minute mile shoes offered at Christie's
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    Paul Fraser
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Roger Bannister's four minute mile shoes offered at Christie's

The shoes Sir Roger Bannister wore to break the four minute mile will be offered at Christie's.

They are among a fascinating selection of pieces featured in the Out of the Ordinary sale in London on September 10, with a valuation of £30,000-50,000 ($46,530-77,550).

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Roger Bannister is selling the shoes for the Autonomic Charitable Trust (ACT)

The shoes were designed to be exceptionally light. Sir Roger Bannister explained: "I could see there was an advantage in having the shoe as light as possible.

"The leather is extremely thin and the spikes are unusually thin, as I used a grindstone to make them even thinner.

"These shoes are the last tangible link I have with the four-minute mile. All my trophies are now on display at Pembroke College Oxford, where I was Master.

"They served me great purpose, I'm grateful to them. I think it's the right time to part with them and I plan to give part of the proceeds to the Autonomic Charitable Trust (ACT) which encourages the area of neurological research to which I have devoted most of my life."

A stopwatch used to time Bannister's 1954 feat sold for £20,000 ($31,077) earlier this week.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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