Brazil legend footballer, Pele has earned £3.6m from a three-day auction of his World Cup medals. More than 2,000 items were sold in total, with the Fifa Player of the Century selling his entire collection of awards and even his old passports.
The 75-year-old’s World Cup winner’s medal from 1970 fetched £346,000 on the final day of the sale, while his 1,000th game crown went for £162,000.
Some of the proceeds will go to a children’s hospital in Brazil.
Pele’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup medals were sold collectively for £340,000, while a replica of the Jules Rimet trophy made for Pele after his third World Cup success went for £394,000.
The player’s football boots worn in the film Escape To Victory went for just over £8,000.
Pele said: “Having donated a significant portion of my collection to the city of Santos, I have decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well.
“I hope they treasure these artefacts and share my story with their children and generations to come.”
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