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Pele's 1970 World Cup-winning jersey up for auction

Posted: Tuesday February 05, 2002 9:22 AM

LONDON (AP) -- The jersey worn by Pele in Brazil's 1970 World Cup final victory will be auctioned next month, with an estimated price of at least 30,000 pounds (US$42,000), Christie's auctioneers said Tuesday.

The shirt, up for auction on March 27, was offered for sale by Italian international Roberto Rosato. He and Pele swapped jerseys at the end of Brazil's 4-1 victory at the Azteca Stadium on June 21, 1970.

Pele scored the first goal of the match.

"This shirt is one of the most important pieces of football memorabilia I have ever had the pleasure of offering for sale," said Christie's football memorabilia specialist David Convery.

He rated it at the same high level interest as the shirt worn by England's Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final, England's first and only World Cup triumph.

Hurst's shirt sold for 91,750 pounds (US$131,200) at Christie's in September 2000.

The March 27 sale also features the World Cup 1966 winner's medal given to England defender Ray Wilson, which is estimated to sell for at least 70,000 pounds (US$100,000).

"Although it is painful to part with my World Cup winner's medal, an object full of personal and national nostalgia, I have decided to sell it in order to financially provide for my family," Wilson said.

 
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