A RARE Celtic football shirt is expected to receive bids up to 5000 at auction.
The shirt is from the 1931 tour of America and is believed to be the third oldest Celtic shirt in existence.
It was previewed along with other sporting memorabilia dating back to 1840 at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh today (Wed) ahead of the auction which will take place in London on May 28.
Approximately 550 lots of memorabilia from football, golf, boxing, cricket and tennis are to be sold.
David Convery, director of Convery Auctions Ltd, said:
“The 1931 Celtic shirt is a highlight and as it is the third oldest Celtic shirt in existence it is great to have.
“We also have a really good collection of modern Celtic shirts worn by players like Henrik Larsson, Neil Lennon, Robbie Keane and Roy Keane. “
A bronze bust of former Tottenham Hotspur and Northern Ireland player, Danny Blanchflower is expected to receive bids up to 20,000 at the auction.
The likeness of Blanchflower was captured by Eric Winter in 1960.
Bids of around 5,000-8,000 are expected for a 1969 Newcastle United shirt worn by Preben
As well as a pair of his leather Puma football boots for 400-600 and a white-metal minature trophy from the European Fairs for 2,000-3,000.
Mr Convery said:
“The Newcastle shirt should do well as there is a huge following for the team and the player himself is the vendor. “
The collection also includes shirts worn by David Beckham, Pele and Maradona.
Mr Convery said he expected that the Pele shirt will sell for more than David Beckham’s.
A rare golf ball made in 1840 by Allan Robertson, who is considered to be one of the first professional golfers, is expected to go for 3,500-5,500.
The ball is filled with feathers and wrapped in horse skin. It is considered to be in mint condition as it was never played with.
Convery Auctions previously sold a collection of memorabilia from former Manchester United player Nobby Stiles.
The auction will take place at Lords Cricket Ground at St John’s Wood in London but buyers will be also be able to bid online.
Mr Convery, said:
“People come to the auction of course but a lot of people would rather sit at home, log onto the internet and bidding live.
“It’s great to have the buzz at the auction but its just people’s preferences. As long as were are making money we are happy. “