Roger Federer has dug into his closet for some match-worn memorabilia that will soon be up for grabs.
Racquets, shoes, bags, caps, wristbands and other items will go on the block through Christie’s with proceeds going to the Roger Federer Foundation. Most of the items set to be sold during a live auction in June date to those 20 major tournament wins. He’s added his autograph to many of the items.
The entire collection is expected to bring a minimum of $1.5 million.
The 20-lot main event will be held in a live format at Christie’s London headquarters on June 23, the same day a second online sale will open, with 300 additional lots.
“From a racket used in his fabled tussle with Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2007 to the clay-covered shoes from his win at Roland-Garros in 2009, these items provide a window into some of the sport’s most iconic moments,” Christie’s stated in announcing the two sales.
Among the lots in the live auction are the shoes he wore at Wimbledon in 2005, a sweater and racket from his victory over Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final, his shoes—complete with the famous clay still stuck to the bottoms– and racket from the 2009 French Open and his match-worn shorts, shoes, shirt and racket from the epic 2007 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal.
“Every piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and enables me to share a part of my personal archive with m Federer stated. “More importantly, the proceeds will support the Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.”