Sheffield Football Club trophy to make $70,000?

An early Sheffield Football Club athletics trophy will be the highlight of an upcoming sale at Woodbury Auction in Connecticut on September 29.

The trophy, which carries an estimate of $50,000-70,000, is made from sterling silver and was awarded to the winner of a three-mile flat race in July 1872.

Sheffield FC athletic cup
The cup dates from 1872 and was awarded to the winner of an athletics event

Sheffield Football Club was founded in 1857 and is the oldest surviving football club in the world. The rare gentlemen's sports day trophy is one of a handful of existing examples of 19th century club trophies - and was awarded at its 15th annual interclub games.

Memorabilia from the early years of organised football can change hands for large sums at auction. Last year a ball used in the 1892 FA Cup final hammered for £15,000 ($23,843).

In May of this year the earliest known example of an FA Cup football programme sold for £30,000 ($46,000) at Graham Budd Auctions in the UK - an increase of 20% on its £25,000 ($39,738) estimate and a record price for a football programme.

We have a wide selection of football memorabilia for sale.

The auction also features a William Van Zandt oil painting detailing a horse and sulky. It dates to 1894 and is offered in its original frame.

A separate painting by the artist, almost identical in composition although dated 1888 and featuring a sulky and rider, made $9,750 at Doyle in New York in 2004 - well over its high estimate of $9,000.

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