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Tennis icon's treasures sold at auction

Tennis icon's treasures sold at auction
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| Tennis News | Friday February 8 2013 5:20

 

Trophies and treasures belonging to tennis icon Arthur Ashe have sold at auction on the 20th anniversary of his death.

21 years of personal diaries, the passport he used to enter apartheid-era South Africa, handwritten copies of speeches and Davis Cup jackets went under the hammer.

His 1971 Wimbledon men's doubles runner-up medal went for $25,000 and somewhat morbidly, his death certificate went for $5600.

At last report his wisdom teeth hadn't sold.

Ashe was the first black man to win Wimbledon, the US and Australian Opens and tore down sport and civil rights barriers in the process.

His career was shortened by heart disease and he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion after surgery.

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