Pele football memorabilia expected to fetch millions

first_imgThe huge collection amassed over more than 60 years will go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in London, and will be open to online bidders from around the world.At age 75, Pele says he is “happy for amassing such a great collection” but he is ready to share it with his fans.”Now we’re going to be partners, we’re going to be brothers, because I’ll always be present at your house,” he said.Although he has suffered a number of health issues in recent years, it is thought the decision to auction off the collection is largely philanthropic.”It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me,” he said.Items up for auction include his three World Cup medals — one from Brazil’s first ever victory in 1958 — as well as football boots, the game ball he scored his 1000th goal with, and expired passports.A copy of the Jules Rimet Trophy — the original World Cup — is predicted to draw the highest bids, with price estimates ranging between $560,000 and more than $800,000.Dan Nelles, a sports specialist at Julien’s Auctions, told the BBC Pele planned to donate a portion of the profits from the auction, expected to be in excess of $7 million, to the Pequeno Principe paediatric hospital in Brazil.”There are so many wildcards in the auction, the Jules Rimet trophy, his World Cup medals, soccer boots, which means that ideally we are looking at three times that conservative estimate, and maybe as much as 10 times,” Mr Nelles said.The collection also includes numerous used jerseys, a champions’ ring, trophies and medals, a Pele tribute knife, capes, an antique firearm, and an Indian royal jeweller crown.Whilst many big-ticket items are expected to fetch thousands, other more obscure items may sell for as little as $100.Pele is often regarded by fans and peers as the greatest footballer to have lived. He began his professional career in 1956, aged 15, when he was signed to Santos FC. He was included in the Brazilian national team at age 16.The auction runs from June 7 to June 9.last_img read more

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NEC Begins Voter Roll Exhibition Today

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) will today commence the exhibition of the Provisional Voter Roll at all 2080 Exhibition Centers (formerly Voter Registration Centers) across the country.The exercise is part of the electoral schedule according to Article 9.2 of the Voter Registration Regulations in keeping with section 3.6 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.The Provisional Registration Roll is a compilation of names, photos, center codes, ages, and other information of individuals who registered during the voter registration period from February 1 to March 14, 2017.The key exhibition activities are confirmation of applicant’s information; inclusion, where the opportunity is given to an applicant or registrant to be included on the Provisional Registration Roll if erroneously omitted; correction, where recorded information of an applicant is allowed to be changed by correction to set the proper information for the particular applicant or registrant. The exhibition will also show objection to inclusion, wherein the chance is given to those who have proof or evidence that points to the ineligibility of an applicant or registrant to be maintained on a voter roll.Each Exhibition Center across the country will have two electoral workers, the Exhibition Officer and the Clerk, to assist registered voters in viewing their particulars and conducting the exhibition process.“There are also 416 Electoral Supervisors across the country to monitor and coordinate the exhibition activities at the 2080 centers. They are working under the supervision of the Assistants and Electoral Magistrates throughout the 15 counties,” a press release said.The NEC has urged all Liberians in possession of valid voter registration cards to take advantage of the exhibition period which runs from today, June 12, to Saturday, June 17. The centers are open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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