Items belonging to one of the most legendary boxers of all time are being prepared for sale.
Octagon, a sports entertainment and marketing firm, has been commissioned by the estate and family of Gene Tunney to sell the former heavyweight champion’s personal and prized boxing memorabilia.
Octagon said it would work with the Tunney family - including his son, former U.S. Senator and Representative John V. Tunney - to "actively pursue a suitable home for some of Tunney’s signature boxing items."
Among the items are the boxing gloves worn by :"The Fighting Marine" during his 1927 heavyweight title defense against Jack Dempsey. Other memorabilia included in the offering are Tunney’s Most Valuable Boxer Trophy from 1927; 10 pairs of leather sparring gloves worn by Tunney, framed pictures, artwork, autographed items and other personal memorabilia.
“Our father left an indelible mark in the sports world with his gritty yet intellectual boxing style and true passion for the sport,” said John Tunney. “The proper home for this irreplaceable memorabilia will allow for the legacy of Gene Tunney to live on for decades to come.”
Several Tunney pieces were sold by Sotheby's in December including the corner stool he sat on during the 1926 fight with Jack Dempsey.
Tunney was heavyweight champ from 1926-28. He retired in 1928 and passed away in 1978.
“Senator Tunney has been a longtime friend of Octagon and we are honored that he and his family have entrusted us to find a suitable place for the great Gene Tunney’s athletic remembrances,” Tom George, Octagon’s svp of athlete & property marketing, said in a statement.
Gene Tunney memorabilia