June 2, 2016
Swiss watchmaker Hublot is supporting soccer superstar Pelé as he auctions 2,000 pieces of memorabilia for a good cause.
The brand is the title sponsor for the auction “Pelé – The Collection,” which will be held by Julien’s Auctions in June. Before the archival items are sold, Hublot is holding a six-day exhibit at the Mall Galleries in London, looking back on the career of its brand ambassador.
This temporary museum for Pelé, birth name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, contains both personal and professional memorabilia, including signed jerseys, medals and trophies. This will cover the athlete’s entire career, from his notoriety gained as the youngest player to score a goal in the final game of the World Cup at 17 to his 1,283 goals, a record that still stands today.
He retired in 1977, the only player ever to win three World Cups.
The Mall Galleries will also be the venue for the upcoming auction, being held live from June 7-9. Extending the auction to those not physically at the sale, interested parties can bid online.
Highlights include Pelé’s Jules Rimet trophy, which is anticipated to fetch $400,000-600,000, and his medals from his World Cup wins in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Jules Rimet trophy
A portion of the proceeds will go to Pequeno Principe, a Brazilian children’s hospital.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, said in a statement, “It’s an incredible honor to work with Pelé, a great footballer, a great legend and a great man. Since we started collaborating with him in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he has demonstrated incredible grace and charm, and we are proud to call him our friend.
“We are also delighted to be sponsoring the Pelé – The Collection auction and look forward to hosting an event that will be followed by both Pelé and Hublot fans all over the world.”
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