The auction of items from the career of former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s career made a little under $1 million, but it could have been a lot more according to Julien’s Auctions.
The company was angered last month when Holyfield went to court to stop the sale of 20 items including his 1984 Olympic bronze medal and robes from some of his biggest fights. Julien’s says the boxer had agreed to sell everything that had been catalogued earlier in the year.
“Evander destroyed his own auction,” Darren Julien told WBN. “Bidders were very upset that he pulled the key items. He’s his own worst enemy.“
There were some items that brought good money, though. The gloves Holyfield wore in the infamous ‘bite fight’ with Mike Tyson sold for $35,200. Also selling well was Holyfield's 1988 WBC cruiserweight world champion belt, which he won in Las Vegas against Carlos de Leon. In winning the belt, along with the WBA and IBF cruiserweight belts earlier in his career, Holyfield became the only undefeated and undisputed cruiserweight champion in boxing history. It sold for $28,125.
Julien’s threw Holyfield a 50th birthday party earlier this year, showing off the items in the auction catalog. They also provided him with a hefty cash advance but late in the game, Holyfield claimed an assistant mistakenly put some of his most valuable items in the sale. He claimed he never intended to sell them, something Julien’s disputed. The auction house says they never would have offered an advance if they’d known he was keeping many of the best pieces.
“He really misled us,” Julien told the publication.