23 Feb 2012
Maradona's last match worn Argentina shirt sells for £13,750 and Charlie Jones medal, £11,875
Liverpool FC legend Tommy Smith's medal collection went up for auction today (22 February) in the Sporting Memorabilia sale in Chester, and realized a total of £137,272. 75 lots, including an FA Cup, UEFA Cup and European Cup winners' medals, a full England International Cap, a record five Charity Shields, and 20 shirts worn in big games, went under the hammer.
Highlights of the sale included a 1964/65 FA Cup winners medal, which sold for £15,000; a 1977 European Cup winners medal, £14,375; a 1965/66 Division 1 Champions medal, £9,375; and a 1965 FA Cup final match worn shirt, £9,375.
Renowned for his uncompromising defensive style earning him a reputation as a hard man, manager Bill Shankly once said: "Tommy Smith wasn't born, he was quarried." Smith joined Liverpool as a schoolboy in May 1960 and made his debut on the 8 May 1963. In 1965, he started to feature more regularly and was an integral part of the Liverpool side that won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. By the time that he left Liverpool in 1978, he had made 638 appearances, winning four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups and one European Cup.
Other highlights of the Sporting Memorabilia sale include the last shirt worn in a match by Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, from his last international appearance for Argentina at Boston on 25 June 1994 v Nigeria in the World Cup, which sold for £13,750; and a collection of Arsenal medals, shirts and caps won by Welsh footballer Charles Jones (1899-1966) during his career at the club (1928-1934).
In total, the sale realized £363,435 with 72% sold by lot and 91% sold by appraise.
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