Fifteen years after Jean Beliveau consigned a collection of items that sold for more than double the expected price, the family of the late hockey icon has put the final 79 items from his life and career on the auction block.
Classic Auctions and the Beliveau family appeared at a news conference Tuesday to recall his career and show off some of the items that are up for bid.
The former Montreal Canadiens captain and Hockey Hall of Famer died December 2, 2014 at age 83 from pneumonia. He left the remaining items from his collection to his daughter Helene who struggled with the decision to ultimately let hockey fans and, perhaps, institutions, own and display them. I
“We have things that mean a lot to us that we’ve kept and won’t be sold,” she told the Montreal Gazette.
The collection includes 79 items including Beliveau’s 1958-59 Stanley Cup championship ring, a game-worn road jersey from the 1962-63, a trophy he received after scoring his 500th caeer goal and even the skates he was wearing that night.
The Cup ring originally sold in 2005 for more than $69,000 but the buyer is now putting it back on the block where it’s expected to bring $50,000-$75,000. The jersey, too, could fetch nearly that amount.
An emotional Elise Beliveau, who was married to her husband for 61 years, also appeared at the news conference, telling stories of fans who fondly recall her husband.
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“All these years later, Jean Béliveau remains one of the greatest ever,” Juteau said. “He was such a gentleman, so available and generous of his time. He was such a class act. Everyone wanted a piece of him. He was extremely generous with his time. He was just one of those very caring, very special people.”
The auction continues through February 25.