An extensive collection of awards presented to the legendary Northern Irish football player, George Best (1946-2005) is to be sold at Bonhams, Chester on October 20 as part of the Sporting Memorabilia sale. Estimated to make up to £270,000 the collection is being offered by the executors of Best’s estate.
The top lot is the 1968 European Cup winner’s medal awarded following Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Benfica, Portugal, when Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup. The medal has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £90,000 – 120,000.
The sale also offers a replica of this European Cup Winner’s medal, which was made for Best by the Professional Footballers’ Association when he misplaced the original medal. Modelled on Sir Bobby Charlton’s borrowed medal, it has been estimated at £8,000 – 10,000.