Roger Federer’s t-shirts, rackets, and shoes went under the hammer at a two-phased Christie’s auction and sold for a staggering $4.7 million.
The prices achieved have been unbelievable. We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day, we could do something meaningful with them. Roger Federer
The combined proceeds from both the online and a live auction raised more than three times his $1 million target, and will go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports educational projects in southern Africa and his native Switzerland.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from around the world,” Federer said in a statement.
The auction of items the 20-time Grand Slam winner’s career happened in two phases, with a live sale on 23 June in London, which focused on Federer’s career at the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Opens; and the second online sale from 23 July to July 14 featuring 300 lots from other tournaments spanning 21 years dating back to his first Olympics appearance at the Sydney 2000 Games, aged just 19.
The items sold online found buyers from 44 countries and across 6 continents, Christie’s said.
The highlight of the online sale was a set of three rackets used at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, which sold for $224,898, more than 23 times above their estimate of nearly $10,000-$14,000.
“The prices achieved have been unbelievable,” Federer said. “We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day, we could do something meaningful with them.”
He added that he and his wife, Mirka, were ‘humbled to see that the decision we made will make a profound difference to so many children’.
The Roger Federer collection was the most important single-owner collection of sporting memorabilia ever to come to market, a Christie’s representative told AFP prior to the auction.
Federer, who turns 40 on 8 August, had been hoping to secure his first Olympic singles gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo Games, but announced on Tuesday he had withdrawn after a ‘setback’ in his recovery from a knee injury.