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Medal Hurled into Crowds by José Mourinho for Bonhams Auction

Bonhams is delighted to announce that it is offering the second medal thrown into the crowds by José Mourinho at the 2005-6 Premier League final as part of its sale of Sporting and Golf Memorabilia at Chester on 24th February 2010.

José Mourinho MedalThe Portuguese former Chelsea manager was presented with the second medal minutes after he had thrown his first winner’s medal, along with his blazer, into the delighted spectators at Stamford Bridge, celebrating Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Manchester United. Mourinho said at the time: “The medal was for everybody but I think the person in the crowd who got the medal is a lucky guy who goes home with a fantastic memory or goes to eBay and makes a fortune.”

In 2008 Bonhams marked Mourinho’s words selling the first medal for £21,600 on behalf of a Chelsea fan. The second medal has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £12,000 – £15,000.

The sale also features a number of items belonging to Bolton Wanderers player Jimmy Seddon. A 1923 FA Cup winner’s medal from the first ever game to be played at Wembley Stadium (estimate £8,000 – £10,000), a 1927 England International cap (estimate £800 – £1,000) and a 1928/9 England International cap (estimate £800 – £1,000) are among the lots being sold through Bonhams by Seddon’s family.

A trial cap belonging to David Jack, the first person to score a goal at Wembley and the first player to be transferred for more than £10,000, is also being offered. The cap was owned by the same person since he was given it at his christening 70 years ago (estimate £400 – £600).

Other highlights include Stanley Matthews’ match worn boots from the 1953 FA Cup Final (estimate £6,000 – 8,000), an 1883-84 Welsh International badge awarded to Joe Williams (estimate £1,000 – £1,500) and a 1950 World Cup England international cap awarded to Bill Eckersley (estimate £1,000 – 1,500).

Bonhams is also offering several rare medals and badges from the 1908 Summer Olympics, held in London, including a bantamweight boxing bronze awarded to William Webb (estimate £800- £1,000).

A Randolph Turpin Middleweight Champion of the World diamond ring (estimate £5,000 – 6,000) and a ringside ticket for the 1927 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship Tunney v Dempsey – ‘The Long Count’ fight (estimate £300 – £400) are among boxing highlights.