Bankrupt Boris Becker has raised $850,000 from auction of his trophies and memorabilia to clear his debts.
The 51-year six-time Grand Slam singles champion, Becker was declared bankrupt by a London court in 2017. He had recently put 82 pieces of his trophies, watches and other memorabilia under the hammer to clear his debts.
The US Open replica trophy, Becker had won after defeating Ivan Lendl in the 1989 final, earned the best bid of $188,000. A Davis Cup replica was sold for $65,000.
The online auction, that began in June last year, was put on hold after Becker had falsely claimed a diplomatic immunity against legal proceedings by virtue of his alleged appointment as a Central African Republic diplomat. He was forced to drop the claim later.
Becker now works as a tennis coach and television expert.
“The highest bid in 2018 for the US Open Trophy was £36,000 and this year it is £150,250, which is fantastic,” BBC has quoted Smith and Williamson’s Mark Ford, lead trustee to Becker’s bankruptcy estate, as saying.
“We still hope to locate and recover the missing trophies including six relating to Mr Becker’s successes at Wimbledon and his two Australian Open titles. If anyone has any information relating to these, please contact the trustees in bankruptcy.”
Becker had issued an appeal in January last year to help find five misplaced Grand Slam trophies and an Olympic gold medal from his 1992 doubles triumph.