Auctioned on the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s death, the estate of the late tennis star brought fans and collectors a small slice of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable athletes. A portion of the sale conducted by Nate D. Sanders will benefit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center (www.arthurashe.org), a non-profit organization that promotes Ashe’s legacy of scholarship, sports, health, wellness and service. 2013 also marks 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.
“Bidders from around the world made their admiration for Arthur Ashe known today,” said Nate D. Sanders, who auctioned the estate on Wednesday. “People told us that seeing the items brought back memories of the great athlete and the enormous impact he had upon advancing the cause of civil rights and of sportsmanship.”
Among the items sold:
Arthur Ashe’s 1971 Wimbledon Medal — Sold for $21,013
- Ashe’s Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” Award From 1992 — Sold for $14,351
- Ashe’s Jacket From the 1962 U.S. Junior Davis Cup — Sold for $13,045
- Ashe’s 1968 U.S. Open Trophy — Sold for $6,083
- Ashe’s Emmy for the TV Adaptation of His Book on the History of Black Athletes — Sold for $6,083
- Ashe’s 1970 Passport Bearing the Historic Stamp to Play Tennis in Apartheid-South Africa — Sold for $4,153