Roger Federer memorabilia, including rackets used at Wimbledon and French Open finals, to be auctioned off
If you are a Roger Federer fanatic and you have a few thousand quid that you don’t quite know what to do with, then news that the 20-time Grand Slam winner will be auctioning off some sporting memorabilia in the name of charity will no doubt pique your interest.
The Swiss icon has announced that he will be putting some mementos under the hammer in two auctions in June and July at Christie’s to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation.
Among the items that will go on the live auction will be the kit and racket he used when he beat Rafael Nadal in the 2007 Wimbledon final and the outfit and racket from the 2009 French Open final against Robin Soderling, which he won to complete his Career Grand Slam.
The white cardigan with the RF-emblazoned logo on the sleeve which he donned before the 2012 Wimbledon final against Andy Murray and during the trophy presentation will also be up for grabs during the action.
Twenty lots from his Grand Slam victories will go on a live auction on June 23 and prices are expected to start at £3,000 to and go up to £70,000.
“Every piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and enables me to share a part of my personal archive with my fans around the world,” Federer told Reuters.
“More importantly, the proceeds will support The Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.”
A second online auction, which includes 300 lots charting Federer’s career from the early days of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 to matches which took place in 2021, will take place from 23 June until the 14 July.
Christie’s believes the entire collection is worth £1 million, but it is hoped the auction will bring in at least £1.5m for the Roger Federer Foundation.
“It is a great privilege for Christie’s to offer this magnificent memorabilia of historic importance on behalf of Roger Federer, an active sporting legend,” Bertold Mueller, Managing Director, Christie’s Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa said.
“The sports memorabilia market has been booming for years, in particular for match-worn and signed pieces. The auctions will no doubt be a milestone in this ever-growing, worldwide phenomenon.”
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