A signed Cricket Bat by ICC World cup 2015 New Zealand team. The co-host for the event played with all their might and clinched a spot in the
finals by defeating South Africa, however lost the battle to Australia. The sheer grit and will power displayed by the tournament’s runner up was a brilliant show of team sportsmanship. NEW ZEALAND TEAM Brendon McCullum - Captain Corey Anderson Trent Boult Grant Elliott Martin Guptill Tom Latham Mitchell McClenaghan Kyle Mills Nathan McCullum Luke Ronchi Tim Southee Ross Taylor Daniel Vettori KaneWilliamson Adam Milne.
A signed Cricket Bat by ICCWorld cup 2015 South African team.With an in form and synchronised team the South African team was a worthy contender. Their journey in the tournament was brought to an end by the future runner up New Zealand. SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM: AB de Villiers - Captain Hashim Amla - Vice Captain Kyle Abbott Farhaan Behardien Quinton de Kock Jean-Paul Duminy Faf du Plessis Imran Tahir David Miller Morne Morkel Wayne Parnell Aaron Phangiso Vernon Philander Rilee Rossouw Dale Steyn.
Defending world champions India played their hearts out to retain the title but succumbed to the soon to be champions Australia in the semifinal of the tournament. INDIAN TEAM MS Dhoni - Captain Ravichandran Ashwin Stuart Binny Shikhar Dhawan Ravindra Jadeja Virat Kohli Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami Axar Patel Ajinkya Rahane Suresh Raina Ambati Rayudu Rohit Sharma Umesh Yadav Ishant Sharma
A framed lithograph from the limited edition PhotoAnimation lithograph titled "The Greatest," which pays tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali.
The image captured by photographer Neil Leifer showcases Ali standing over Sonny Liston after he defeated him in their second bout on May 25,
1965 in Lewiston, Maine. Using animation drawings and cartoon character color models, an animator digitally recreated the Warner Bros. characters interacting in this famous scene. Ali has signed the image with a blue marker. The lithograph is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Toon Art Inc.
Muhammad Ali's white trunk was synonymous with regards to the champion's image which was universally recognized. He donned similar patterned trunks during his 1965 bout with Sonny Liston and when he took on Joe Frazier in Manila on the 1st of October 1975 to mention a few.
This lot has a well presented photograph of Muhammad Ali almost taking flight during a fight and an 'Everlast Boxing Glove' signed by the legend. The sheer size of the glove gives clarity to the velocity of the punches which the 'Champ' used to unleash upon his opponents.
The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It took place on the 1st of October 1975
for the heavyweight championship of the world at the Philippine Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. The venue was renamed from Araneta Coliseum, specifically for the match. Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest's name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila." The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won, 2–1.
This lot brings back the memories of one of the greatest bouts in the
history of boxing. It was a ruthless blow for the two, the entire 15 rounds of what was christened the “Thrilla in Manila” one of the bloodiest and
most brutal fights to go down in boxing history. It was watched by 700 million people on television and almost 27,000 sweating in Araneta
Coliseum. By the 14th round of "Thrilla in Manila", Muhammad Ali made sure it was to be the last of the legendary fight by deploying thirty
The Fight of the Century is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion
Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and Ring magazine/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs), which took place on the 8th of
March 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Frazier won in 15 rounds via unanimous decision. It was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title.
On the evening of the match, Madison Square Garden had a circus-like
atmosphere, with scores of policemen to control the crowd. Countless celebrities, from Norman Mailer andWoody Allen to Frank Sinatra were in
the attendance. Artist LeRoy Neiman painted Ali and Frazier as they fought. Burt Lancaster served as a commentator for the closed-circuit broadcast. Though Lancaster had never performed as a sports commentator before, he was hired by the fight's promoter, Jerry Perenchio. The other commentators were play-by-play announcer Don
Dunphy and boxing champion Archie Moore.
The fight itself exceeded its promotional hype and went the full 15-round championship distance. Ali dominated the first three rounds, peppering the shorter Frazier with rapier-like jabs that raised welts on the champion's face. In the closing seconds of the round three, Frazier
connected with a tremendous hook to Ali's jaw, snapping his head back. Frazier began to dominate in the fourth round, catching Ali with several
of his famed left hooks and pinning him against the ropes to deliver tremendous body blows.
At the end of round 14 Frazier held a lead on all three scorecards (by scores of 8–6–0, 10–4–0, and 8–6–0). Early in round 15, Frazier landed a
left hook that put Ali on his back. Ali, his jaw swollen grotesquely, got up from the blow quickly, and managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the round despite several terrific blows from Frazier. A few minutes later the
judges made it official: Frazier had retained the title with a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss.
Ray Charles Leonard was born on the 17th of 1956, popularly known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard.
He is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker and occasional actor. Often
regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997, winning
world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal championship in three weight divisions as well as
the undisputed welterweight title. Leonard was part of "The Fabulous Four"a group of boxers
who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of himself, Roberto Durán,Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
"The Fabulous Four" created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing
relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated future fellow
International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Hearns, Durán, Hagler, and Wilfred Benítez.
Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses and was named
"Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979
and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the
Year in 1976, 1979 and 1981.
Beautifully presented boxing gloves signed by both boxing legends Evander Holyfield and
Mike Tyson. Mounted in an impressive large dome frame with photos showing both boxers from the infamous fight on June 28, 1997 when Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear. Infamously known as “ The Bite Fight”. Tyson was disqualified from the match and lost his boxing license, though it was later reinstated. The fight took place at the MGM Grand, Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year. The bout was the first fight pitting the two boxers against each other and it would be followed up with a subsequent rematch.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on the 23rd of October 1940. Known as Pele, he is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played
as a forward. He is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time. Pele has been credited for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). The same year, France Football asked their former Ballon d'Or winners to choose the
Football Player of the Century; they unanimously selected Pelé. In 1999, Pele was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC and Time magazine
included him in their list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football.
According to the IFFHS, Pele is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial
friendlies and tour games. He was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football for this. During his playing days, Pele was for a period the highest paid athlete in the world. In Brazil, he is
hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor. In 1961, Brazil President Jânio Quadros had Pele declared a national treasure. During his career, he became known as "The Black Pearl" (A
Pérola Negra), "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pele) or simply "The King" (O Rei).
Pele began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national football
team at 16. During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so. Pele is
the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 91 games. At club level he is also the record goalscorer for Santos, and led them to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores. Pelé's "electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals" made him a star around the world, and his club team Santos toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.
Pele is one of the most lauded players in history of football and is frequently ranked the best player ever. Among his contemporaries, Dutch
star Johan Cruyff stated; "Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic." Brazil's 1970 FIFAWorld Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres opined; "His great secret was improvisation. Those things he did were in one moment. He had an extraordinary perception of the game." Tostão, his strike partner at the 1970 World Cup; "Pele
was the greatest – he was simply flawless. And off the pitch he is always smiling and upbeat. You never see him bad-tempered. He loves being Pelé." His Brazilian teammate Clodoaldo commented on the adulation he witnessed; "In some countries
they wanted to touch him, in some they wanted to kiss him. In others they even kissed the
ground he walked on. I thought it was beautiful, just beautiful.” French striker and leading scorer at the 1958World Cup; "When I saw Pele
play, it made me feel I should hang up my boots." England's 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore commented: "Pele was the most complete player I've ever seen, he had everything. Two good feet. Magic in the air. Quick. Powerful. Could beat people with skill. Could outrun people. Only five feet and eight inches tall, yet he seemed a giant
of an athlete on the pitch. Perfect balance and impossible vision. He was the greatest because he could do anything and everything on a football
pitch. I remember Saldhana the coach being asked by a Brazilian journalist who was the best goalkeeper in his squad. He said Pele. The
man could play in any position". Former Manchester United striker and member of England's 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning team Sir Bobby
Charlton stated; "I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.”
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on the 5th of February 1985. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish
club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He primarily plays as a forward, but has also been deployed as a winger and serves as
captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo then won the FIFA Ballon
d'Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he received his fourth Ballon d'Or, the most for a European player in the history of the award, and the
inaugural Best FIFA Men's Player. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country.
Often ranked the best player in the world and widely regarded as one
of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its
100th anniversary celebrations in 2015. He is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world's best paid athlete. In June 2016, ESPN ranked him the world's most famous athlete.
Ronaldo made his international debut for Portugal in August 2003, at the age of 18. He is Portugal's most capped player of all time with over
130 caps. And has participated in seven major tournaments: four UEFA European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) and three FIFA
World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014). He is the first Portuguese player to reach 50 international goals, making him Portugal's all-time top goal
scorer. He scored his first international goal in Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final. He took over captaincy in July 2008, and he led
Portugal to the semi-finals at Euro 2012, finishing the competition as joint-top scorer. In November 2014, Ronaldo became the all-time top
scorer in the UEFA European Championship (including qualifying) with 23 goals. At Euro 2016, he became the most capped player of all-time in the tournament, the first player to score at four consecutive European Championship finals, and also equalled Michel Platini's all-time record for most goals scored in the competition. Ronaldo lifted the trophy after Portugal defeated France in the final, and he received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goal scorer of the tournament.
This lot is not a mere football cleat but a rocket launcher since the right footed C.Ronaldo has termed the free kicks he takes “The Rocket”.
Statistically speaking just in terms of free kicks, Ronaldo has scored more goals than Messi during their respective careers. 47 goals scored by Ronaldo in comparison to 26 by Messi as per the statistics for the year ended 2016.
While some of the greatest ever players have donned the number 10 jersey to name a few Brazilian legend Pele and Argentinian magician
Diego Maradona. The number 10 jersey has now become synonymous with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The Argentine forward wears the number
for both his club and country. Leo Messi started his senior career at Barcelona with the number 30. He had scored his first ever senior goal
with that kit before switching to number 19 when he became a regular. By the start of the 2008/09 season Brazilian doyen Ronaldinho had left
the club and Messi was given the iconic shirt. The rest is history, Messi has broken innumerable goal scoring records and has won every club trophy available at least thrice playing for F C Barcelona. Having scored more than 400 goals for the Catalan club since his breakthrough in 2004/05, Messi has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or four times.
When Ronaldinho’s career was on the decline and Barcelona’s team was
out of form having not secured a single trophyin 2007/08, the club decided to let go of Ronaldinho. Messi has always maintained that
Ronaldinho had helped his transition into the first team with ease. “He [Ronaldinho] was a great help,” Messi had said. “It’s never easy to go into a changing room at the age of 16 especially with my character.”In an interview with BarcaTV, Messi reveals how Ronaldinho had asked him to take his number before he left Camp Nou. "Before leaving the club [Ronaldinho] was coming off a few months where he was thinking about things,” Messi explained.“He had it on his mind that he was leaving and he told me to have his number. I took it without looking at what he had done with the shirt. If I did, I would not have taken it.”Ronaldinho and Messi have always shared a great friendship since their playing days. It was Ronaldinho who assisted Messi’s debut goal in La Liga.
Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi was born on the 24th of June 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club
FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d'Or, four of which he won consecutively and was the first player to win three European Golden Shoes.With Barcelona he has won eight La
Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as six Supercopa de España titles, four Copas del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups
and three FIFA ClubWorld Cups. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season (50), a football season (73) and a calendar year (91), as well as the most goals in the Supercopa de España (12) and most goals in El
Clásico (21) and also those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country, making him the 10th most prolific goal scorer of all time.
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join
Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. After a fast progression through Barcelona's youth academy, Messi made his
competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone during his early career, he established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the
Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, a feat he repeated the following year. His first uninterrupted campaign came in the 2008–09
season, during which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football. At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA
World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
Three successful seasons followed, with Messi winning three consecutive
FIFA Ballons d'Or, including an unprecedented fourth. His personal best campaign to date was the 2011–12 season, in which he set the La Liga
and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona's all-time top scorer in official
competitions in March 2012. He again struggled with injury during the following two seasons, twice finishing second for the Ballon d'Or behind
Cristiano Ronaldo, his perceived career rival. Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in November 2014 and led Barcelona to a historic second treble.
An Argentine international, Messi is his country's all-time leading goal
scorer, with 57 international goals. At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. His style of play as a diminutive, left-footed dribbler
drew comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona, who declared the teenager his successor. After making his senior debut in August 2005,
Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition and reached the final of the 2007 Copa America, where he was named young player of the tournament. As the squad's captain from August 2011, he led Argentina to three consecutive
finals: the 2014 World Cup, for which he won the Golden Ball, the 2015 and the 2016 Copas America.
German national Sebastian Vettel is a four-time Formula One World Champion, having won the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 with Red Bull Racing. Vettel is among the most successful F1 drivers of all time as he is one of only four drivers to have won four or more
drivers' titles. This lot is special considering it is from the year he won his last championship.
Sebastian Vettel was born on the 3rd of July 1987 in Heppenheim,West Germany. He currently races for the Italian giant's Ferrari and is always considered to be a contender for the famous driver's title in the Formula 1 circuit.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior was born on the 5th of February 1992, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr. He is a Brazilian professional
footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team. Neymar came into prominence at an early age at
Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do
Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos' first continental title since 1963. Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the
Year, in 2011 and 2012, before relocating to Europe to join Barcelona. As part of Barça's attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League in the 2014–15 season, followed the next year by the
domestic double. He came third for the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2015. Known for his dribbling, finishing, and ability with both feet, Neymar has earned comparisons to former Brazil and Santos forward Pele. Off the pitch, he ranks among the world's most prominent sportsmen; Sports Pro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013 and ESPN cited him as the world's fourth-most famous athlete in 2016.
BjOrn Borg : A teenage sensation at the start of his career, Borg's unprecedented stardom and consistent success helped propel the rising popularity of tennis. He was born on the 6th of June 1956 and is a Swedish national.
The former world No. 1 tennis player between 1974 and 1981 became the first male professional to win 11 Grand Slam open era singles titles, 6
French Open titles and 5 consecutive wins at Wimbledon. Borg set numerous Open Era records that still stand, including winning 41% of the
Grand Slam singles tournaments he entered and 90% of those matches.
Andre Agassi : Retired American professional tennis player and former World No. 1, Andre Agassi was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Agassi is known as the greatest service returner in the history of the game. He was a charismatic player who performed
with finesse and is thus credited for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 1990s. Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion
and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist. Agassi was the first male player to win 4 Australian Open titles. He is also one of five male singles players to achieve the Career Grand Slam in the Open Era and one of eight in history.
John McEnroe : American all time great tennis player John Patrick McEnroe was born on the 16th of February 1959. The former bad boy of tennis is still famous for his trademark phrase “You cannot be serious.” The former World No. 1
professional tennis player is revered for his touch on the volley manoeuvre. During the span of his career he won 7 Grand Slam singles
titles 3 of which were atWimbledon and 4 US Open titles. Besides that he secured 9 Grand Slam men's doubles titles and 1 Grand Slam mixed
doubles title. He also won a record eight year-end championships.
Pete Sampras : Petros "Pete" Sampras was born on the 12th of August, 1971. A retired American tennis player and former world No. 1 regarded as one of the greatest players in tennis history. He made his debut on the professional circuit in 1988 and finished his career on a high note by winning the 2002 US Open by defeating fellow country man Andre Agassi in the final. He was famous for his accurate serve as earned the title of "Pistol Pete".
He was the first player to break Roy Emerson's pre-Open Era record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles and retired with a total 14 grand slam titles. He
won 7 Wimbledon championships, five US Open titles and two victories at the Australian Open. His all time great status is justified with the fact that his ATP record of six year-end No. 1 ranking achieved from 1993 through 1998 still holds strong.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on the 17th of February 1963. He is an American retired professional basketball player, businessman and
principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was one of the most effectively
marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds
with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness. He
also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the
Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from
basketball before the beginning of the 1993 94 NBA season to pursue a new venture in minor league baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995 96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honours, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career
regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. Jordan is a two-time inductee into the
Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream
Team"). He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.