Watch collectors are suckers for a good back story and few come more colorful than that of Boris Becker, the six-time Major tennis champion now mired in controversy over his private life and finances.
Mr Becker has been making tabloid headlines in recent years following the breakdown of his marriage to Lilly Kerssenberg in 2018. He had declared himself bankrupt a year earlier and the couple have been battling in British courts over money and the custody of their son.
An auction of sporting and personal memorabilia was suspended last year as Mr Becker’s legal team argued he should not be bound by judgments of the UK court because he was a sporting ambassador for the Central African Republic with legal immunity. The challenge would have limited his ex-wife’s claims to the proceeds from the auction.
The effort failed and the auction has restarted at Wyles Hardy & Co.
Star lots are replicas and originals of trophies won by Mr Becker over a decade of dominating the tennis world including a trophy for winning the US Open in 1989 and a replica of his 1985 Wimbledon singles winner’s trophy.
Three prestigious watches are also in the sale.
An IWC Big Pilots Watch has a current high bid of £4,600.
Another IWC, this time an Ingenieur wristwatch is inviting bids above £3,300.
A third IWC, a Model 5002 Big Pilots Wrist Watch has attracted a high bid of £6,200.
A Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition Novak Djokovic Chronograph can be yours for bids north of £1,325.
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