Fred Perry trophies to go under hammer

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The tennis trophies and medals of Fred Perry, Britain's last Wimbledon men's singles champion, are to be sold at auction by his family. Perry, who died in 1995, won the men's singles title in 1934, 1935 and 1936 and the mixed doubles in 1935 and 1936.

His three men's trophies, then known as the Renshaw Cup, are among memorabilia being sold. Enthusiasts can also bid for gold medals which accompanied the Renshaw Cups. A racket used for one of the three triumphs is expected to fetch pounds 2,000.

Christie's, which is overseeing the London auction on 20 June, three days before Wimbledon begins, estimates the 75 lots will fetch up to pounds 150,000. Jill Potterton, of Christie's, said: "He remains a hugely significant figure in British tennis, not least because no Briton has managed to win it since."

Perry, pictured, also won the US Open three times and a cup he was given to keep on his third victory is estimated to be worth up to pounds 20,000 at the auction. He led Britain to four consecutive victories in the Davis Cup between 1933 and 1936 and the gold medal he was awarded for the initial win is included in the sale. Also being auctioned is a miniature bronze sculpture of Perry which is estimated to fetch between pounds 3,000 and pounds 5,000. It is a copy of the full-size statue which stands in the tennis grounds at Wimbledon.

Many of the items, including the Wimbledon trophies, have been on display at the Wimbledon Museum at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in south-west London.

The museum was originally offered all the items at the auction by Mr Perry's family for pounds 250,000. It declined, saying that many pieces were not relevant to Wimbledon.

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