Brazil’s legendary football star, 75-year-old Pelé, is set to auction off around 2,000 items which he has won during his extensive career.
The former striker’s auction collection will also include the Jules Rimet trophy, awarded by FIFA in 1970, and three world cup medals.
The Rimet trophy alone is expected to fetch around $400,000 to $600,000, while the medals could fetch around $200,000, according to El Espectador. Pelé is selling off his collection to generate funds for his family members.
“I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come.” The star commented.
Martin Nolan, executive director of Beverly Hills-based company Julien’s Auctions, told Reuters: “Pele is like the Marilyn Monroe of the sports world. He is such an icon and a great ambassador for football.”
The auction, to be held in London from June 7 to 9, will also include Pelé’s first ever ‘football’ – made up of a bunch of rolled up socks!