Sir Geoffrey Boycott puts huge cricket memorabilia collection up for sale at auction including bat used against Australia at Headingley in 1977 expecting to fetch up to £50,000
- Sir Geoffrey Boycott has put a huge number of his possessions up for sale
- The cricket legend will put up 130 lots including retro cricket bats and shoes
- Boycott’s contract with BBC’s Test Match Special ended earlier in the summer
- It is unclear as to why the 80-year-old has decided to part with his belongings
Fans of Sir Geoffrey Boycott will be jockeying for position on Tuesday when a huge selection of his possessions goes on sale, described by auctioneers Christie’s as ‘one of the last great collections of cricketing memorabilia left in private hands’.
The 130 lots range from the bat he used to score his 100th first-class hundred in front of an adoring Headingley crowd against Australia in 1977, and estimated to fetch £30,000-50,000, down to a pair of his old golf shoes (£100-200).
It is unclear why Boycott, who turned 80 last week, has decided to part with his belongings, although his contract as a summariser with the BBC‘s Test Match Special was not renewed this year after 14 summers in the job.
Sir Geoffrey Boycott has put up his belongings for sale at an auction to take place on Tuesday
Characteristically, he did not take the decision lying down, saying the BBC had ‘sacrificed quality for equality’.
He added: ‘It is now all about political correctness, about gender and race. When you work for them you are wary and frightened of saying anything.’
But his standing among cricket lovers of a certain age is bound to ensure plenty of interest in an online sale that will last until midday on November 16.
Other items up for grabs include a stump from the 1981 Headingley Test, when England beat Australia after following on thanks to the heroics of Ian Botham and Bob Willis.
Boycott’s contribution to the miracle was an easily forgotten second-innings 46 in three-and-a-half hours; now, the stump could fetch £4,000-6,000.
Expected to earn twice as much is the shirt worn a few months earlier by West Indies’ Michael Holding in Barbados when he bowled Boycott for a duck at the end of one of Test cricket’s most famous overs.
It is not clear why Boycott (pictured here in 1981) has decided to put his belongings up for sale
Boycott’s contract with the BBC as a summariser for Test Match Special was not renewed
Then there’s the bat Boycott used in Delhi in December 1981 to overhaul Garry Sobers’ Test record of 8,032 runs.
Boycott played once more for England, in the next game in Calcutta, before leaving the tour early citing ‘physical and mental tiredness’.
At the less fabled end of the spectrum is a scorebook recording his debut for Ackworth in West Yorkshire at the age of 13.
Boycott, who had been taken to the club by his uncle Algy, batted at No 8 and made nine — not out, obviously. The scorebook could set a collector back £300-500.
Boycott made his international debut back in 1964 and would have a legendary cricket career
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