Arthur Ashe Auction of His Tennis Memorabilia
Yesterday proved record-breaking here at Nate D. Sanders, as we auctioned an incredible medley of Arthur Ashe tennis memorabilia items from his personal estate — auctioned on the 20th anniversary of his premature death.
From No. 1 tennis player in the world to fierce humanitarian, Arthur Ashe knew no limits in every chapter of his exceptional life.
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In addition to the sale occurring on the 20th anniversary of his death, 2013 is the 45th anniversary of Ashe’s historic win of the U.S. Open’s men’s singles title. Items at auction encompassed every part of Ashe’s historic life and career, intertwining his race-shattering tennis record with his sweeping impact in both civil rights and AIDS research.
Some of the interesting and high prices realized for tennis memorabilia items included:
Arthur Ashe’s 1971 Wimbledon Medal — Sold for $21,013
– Ashe’s Emmy Award for the TV Adaptation of His Book on the History of Black Athletes — Sold for $6,083
A portion of the sale is benefiting the Arthur Ashe Learning Center (www.arthurashe.org), a non-profit organization that promotes Arthur Ashe’s legacy of scholarship, sports, health, wellness and service. Ashe began to transition his superstar tennis career into the realm of public service, becoming an advocate of many social causes — causes that were ceaseless until the end of his life.
“I know I could never forgive myself if I elected to live without human purpose,” he said, “without trying to help the poor and unfortunate, without recognizing that perhaps the purest joy in life comes with trying to help others.
This is the best in tennis memorabilia.
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