Six Wimbledon and US trophies from the collection of Mexico’s Rafael Osuna are up for auction at Goldin Auctions with online bidding ending on 22 February.
The total collection is estimated to bring in an excess of $200,000. Goldin Auctions
The total collection is estimated to bring in an excess of $200,000.
During his climb to the #1 World Ranking from 1960-1963, Osuna, nicknamed “El Pelón” (The Bald), became the most successful player in the history of Mexico and an Olympian.
He was born in Mexico City, and is best remembered for his singles victory at the US Championships in 1963, winning the 1960 and 1963 Wimbledon Doubles championships, the 1962 US Championships doubles, and for leading Mexico to its only Davis Cup Final appearance in 1962.
At age 30, Osuna tragically died in a plane crash on 4 June, 1969 when Mexican Airways Flight 704 crashed into the mountains near Monterrey, claiming the lives of 79 people.
During the 1969 US Open Championships at Forest Hills, two months after his death, the US Open Committee declared 28 August to be Rafael Osuna Day, honouring the memory of the former champion.
The trophy collection came to Goldin Auctions from Mexico where it was purchased from a family member of Osuna, and is the first time these items have been offered for public sale.
The awards offered in the sale include his 1960 Wimbledon Doubles Winners Sterling Silver Trophy, 1961 US Doubles Runners-Up, 1962 US Doubles Champion, 1963 US Men’s Singles (His Only Individual Grand Slam Victory), 1963 US Doubles Runner-Up, and 1963 Wimbledon Doubles Winner’s Award.