The upcoming Football memorabilia auction on December 14 in Milan, is intended for passionate sports-memorabilia collectors from all around the world as well as football fans and curious investors alike. The sale will feature books, prints, autographs, posters and other extremely rare items, covering five centuries of Italian football history. The star of the sale is AC Milan’s first charter (estimate 80-120.000 Euros), the only known testament of the birth of the club. Among the most successful teams in the world, AC Milan was founded as “Milan Cricket and Football Club” on December 16, 1899 by Samuel Richard Davies, Alfred Edwards, and Herbert Kilpin, who lead the team to its first three championships and even designed its legendary red-and-black striped shirt. Printed in Milan in 1900, the 16-page booklet featuring a red cover and title in black typed characters goes back to the origins of Milan’s legendary adventure. "The document - says Aste Bolaffi CEO, Filippo Bolaffi – testifies to the extraordinary relevance of our auction, which comes at a crucial moment in Milan’s history, where whoever will guide the team, whether old or new ownership, may do so starting from its origins, with the only known existing document that propelled the illustrious history of the club”.
Among the other top lots is the iconic No. 11 shirt worn by one of the greatest Italian footballers of all time, Gigi Riva, when he led Cagliari to their only Serie A title in 1969-70 (estimate 8-12.000 Euros). He was such an emblem for the team that, to honor him, his number was retired from the Sardinian club’s roster in 2005. Another top lot is the shirt worn by the legendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff during a match of the1977-78 Championship, won by his team, Juventus.
The beginning of football in Italy is showcased by a selection of very ancient lots, such as a rare document of a game played in Florence during the 1672 Carnival (estimate 2-3.000 Euros). Widespread in this form also in other regions of Italy, football accompanied the festivals and official celebrations abroad: an example is the etching by Jacques Callot dedicated to a game played in 1629 in honor of the Duchess of Lorraine (estimate 1.500-2.000 euros).
One of the most particular lots is a notebook owned by future National television personality Mike Bongiorno containing many autographs of players and athletes collected when he was fifteen years old and worked for the newspaper La Stampa in Turin (estimate 1.500-2.000 euro).