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George Best Memories Going Under The Hammer

Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:14 pm

They were kept for decades by the father of arguably the world's best footballer and now the mementoes of Dickie Best are on display in an auction house on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Manchester United and Northern Ireland star George Best left his family to blaze his footballing trail, but they were never far from his thoughts, and George was never far from his father's.

Hundreds of items were collected by Dickie, who died last year aged 88, and 110 have found their way onto the auction block at Wilson's Auctions in Mallusk.

It follows the sale of the Best family home in east Belfast, where George spent his childhood and where Dickie and his wife Anne raised their five other children.

Some of the items were brought back for Dickie by George as souvenirs of his international soccer career while others were collected by the devoted dad as he tracked his son's rise to stardom.
George Best annual
The third George Best soccer annual was published by Pelham Books in 1973

Auctioneer Richard Bell said that football jerseys from 1960s matches against England would likely sell in the region of £5,000, but that other items, such as a 1964 Manchester United Christmas Card would realise about £40.

The jerseys were found in wardrobes in the Best family home where they had been stored for years.

He said that it was an honour to be involved in the auction of goods associated with such an sporting legend.

"George Best is an iconic figure and perhaps the most talented and charismatic sportsmen to come out of Northern Ireland," he said.

"George had an incredibly strong relationship with his father and always remained proud of his Northern Irish roots."

Items include a 1970 George Best annual, retailing at 80p, or 16 shillings in old money, featuring advice columns of advice from Bobby Charlton as well as George's experience of getting poison pen letters while building a house in Cheshire.

Among the poignant items are three pieces of decorative glass brought back by George for his mother and a framed one millionth edition of the George Best Ulster Bank £5 given to Dickie by the bank.


Auctioneer Richard Bell
I do hope that the people who will buy the lots are going to retain them
Richard Bell
Auctioneer

David McCracken, a year nine pupil at Lurgan Junior High, was among a group of pupils from the school attending the launch of the auction.

A pair of golden boots cast from a pair George wore at a match caught his eye, but if he were buying for his father a framed memory of the soccer hero in his long-haired heyday would top the list.

"One of the pictures of him, I think he'd like that," he said.

There was a tinge of regret among some at the preview, with concern that some of the items should be in a sports museum, an archive which Northern Ireland lacks.

The memorabilia will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, with public viewings on Tuesday and Wednesday, but auctioneer Mr Bell said that he was hopeful this was not the last that would be seen of them.

"I'm not a politician, but I do hope that the people who will buy the lots are going to retain them and if 80% are in Northern Ireland then if in the future there is a facility they could find a home there on loan," he said.

Not all are likely to stay inside the UK, with interest being registered from as far afield as San Diego in the United States of America
Unfortunately a lot of this stuff will likely disappear off the face of the earth now.


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Re: George Best Memories Going Under The Hammer

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:39 pm

Here's a link to the auction page:

http://www.wilsonsauctions.com/dickiebest.asp

Not much really of interest in there really, which is surprising.



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Re: George Best Memories Going Under The Hammer

Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:26 pm

Ned wrote:
They were kept for decades by the father of arguably the world's best footballer and now the mementoes of Dickie Best are on display in an auction house on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Manchester United and Northern Ireland star George Best left his family to blaze his footballing trail, but they were never far from his thoughts, and George was never far from his father's.

Hundreds of items were collected by Dickie, who died last year aged 88, and 110 have found their way onto the auction block at Wilson's Auctions in Mallusk.

It follows the sale of the Best family home in east Belfast, where George spent his childhood and where Dickie and his wife Anne raised their five other children.

Some of the items were brought back for Dickie by George as souvenirs of his international soccer career while others were collected by the devoted dad as he tracked his son's rise to stardom.
George Best annual
The third George Best soccer annual was published by Pelham Books in 1973

Auctioneer Richard Bell said that football jerseys from 1960s matches against England would likely sell in the region of £5,000, but that other items, such as a 1964 Manchester United Christmas Card would realise about £40.

The jerseys were found in wardrobes in the Best family home where they had been stored for years.

He said that it was an honour to be involved in the auction of goods associated with such an sporting legend.

"George Best is an iconic figure and perhaps the most talented and charismatic sportsmen to come out of Northern Ireland," he said.

"George had an incredibly strong relationship with his father and always remained proud of his Northern Irish roots."

Items include a 1970 George Best annual, retailing at 80p, or 16 shillings in old money, featuring advice columns of advice from Bobby Charlton as well as George's experience of getting poison pen letters while building a house in Cheshire.

Among the poignant items are three pieces of decorative glass brought back by George for his mother and a framed one millionth edition of the George Best Ulster Bank £5 given to Dickie by the bank.


Auctioneer Richard Bell
I do hope that the people who will buy the lots are going to retain them
Richard Bell
Auctioneer

David McCracken, a year nine pupil at Lurgan Junior High, was among a group of pupils from the school attending the launch of the auction.

A pair of golden boots cast from a pair George wore at a match caught his eye, but if he were buying for his father a framed memory of the soccer hero in his long-haired heyday would top the list.

"One of the pictures of him, I think he'd like that," he said.

There was a tinge of regret among some at the preview, with concern that some of the items should be in a sports museum, an archive which Northern Ireland lacks.

The memorabilia will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, with public viewings on Tuesday and Wednesday, but auctioneer Mr Bell said that he was hopeful this was not the last that would be seen of them.

"I'm not a politician, but I do hope that the people who will buy the lots are going to retain them and if 80% are in Northern Ireland then if in the future there is a facility they could find a home there on loan," he said.

Not all are likely to stay inside the UK, with interest being registered from as far afield as San Diego in the United States of America
Unfortunately a lot of this stuff will likely disappear off the face of the earth now.

I didn't know Dickie had it in the public domain before this



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