Roger Federer to auction memorabilia for charity
If you’re a Roger Federer fanatic and have a few thousand pounds that you’re not sure what to do with, then the news that the 20-time Grand Slam winner will be auctioning sports memorabilia in the name of charity won’t be doubt piques your interest.
The Swiss icon has announced that he will put memorabilia under the hammer at two auctions in June and July at Christie’s to raise funds for the Roger Federer Foundation.
Among the items that will be the subject of the live auction will be the kit and racquet he used when he beat Rafael Nadal in the 2007 Wimbledon final and the outfit and racquet of the 2009 Roland-Garros final against Robin Soderling, which he won to complete his Grand Slam career.
The white cardigan with the RF logo on the sleeve that he put on before the Wimbledon 2012 final against Andy Murray and during the trophy presentation will also be up for grabs during the action.
Twenty lots of his Grand Slam wins will be auctioned live on June 23 with prices expected to start at £ 3,000 and reach £ 70,000.
“Each piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and allows me to share some of my personal archives with my fans around the world,” Federer told Reuters.
“Most importantly, the proceeds will support the Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to provide educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.
A second online auction, which features 300 lots tracing Federer’s career from the debut of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 to matches that took place in 2021, will take place from June 23 to July 14.
Christie’s believes the entire collection is worth £ 1million, but it is hoped that the auction will bring in at least £ 1.5million to the Roger Federer Foundation.
“It is a great privilege for Christie’s to offer these wonderful, historically significant memories on behalf of Roger Federer, an active sports legend,” said Bertold Mueller, Managing Director of Christie’s Continental Europe, Middle East & Africa.
“The sports memorabilia market has been booming for years, especially for parts worn in matches and signed. Auctions will undoubtedly be a milestone in this ever-increasing global phenomenon. “