Pele sells off his life in the beautiful game

Pele sells off his life in the beautiful game

It is a conundrPelem to challenge even the best of hosts. What do you give as a gift to a global football icon who has everything?

When your guest is Brazilian legend Pele, the only player ever to have won three World Cup winning medals, then some creative thinking is needed.

As a result the star, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been the recipient of an amazing cornucopia of strange and exotic items from around the world, first in his playing days, and then as a roving sporting and humanitarian ambassador.

They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities.

Now the 75-year-old Fifa Player of the Century is to auction off all of the sporting and cultural memorabilia he has accumulated in a lifetime in football.

The sale will take place over three days in London in June, and covers the six decades from Pele’s signing for Santos as a 15-year-old in 1956.

‘Difficult decision’

The sale includes unique football items, including his three World Cup winner’s medals, and a one-off Jules Rimet trophy made for him after Brazil’s famous triumph in Mexico in 1970.

That World Cup replica is the most expensive item being auctioned, with an estimated price tag of £281,000 to £420,000. The medals are expected to fetch up to £141,000, and the ball he scored his 1,000th goal with is estimated to sell for £28,000 to £42,000.

Beverley Hills-based Julien’s Auctions has been chosen to handle the sale, which also includes personal items such as old passports and driving licences.

Source:BBC

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