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Cash-strapped Boris Becker puts trophies and mementos up for auction

Mark Duell for MailOnline

Former tennis star Boris Becker is selling off an array of trophies and mementos from his glittering career.

The sale is being conducted after the 50-year-old German was declared bankrupt last June and his assets were seized by creditors, with Becker being rumoured to have debts of £54million.

Among the marquee lots are a Renshaw Cup trophy which Becker was given after becoming the youngest male winner of Wimbledon aged just 17 in 1985. It has a starting price of £8,000 but is expected to achieve far more.

A full-size replica 1989 US Open winner’s trophy which was previously on display at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island in the US also features in the sale, due to take place on June 28.

In addition, collectors can bid on his 1988 Davis Cup winner’s trophy with West Germany and his Wimbledon 1990 runners-up medal following his epic five set loss to his great rival Stefan Edberg.

Other notable items up for grabs are a Puma racket Becker used at the 1988 WCT Finals in Dallas, his trademark Lotto kit and a pair of Babolat trainers he wore at the 1996 Australian Open, the last of his six grand slam titles.

Auction house Wyles Hardy & Co, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has been estimating the value of his trophies and memorabilia which cannot be removed from his or his mother’s homes.

The auction comes after it was revealed last month that three-time Wimbledon champion Becker had split from his Dutch model wife Lilly, 41, after nine years of marriage during which they had a son, Amadeus, now eight.

Becker earned about £100million during his career but was declared bankrupt over an undisclosed sum owed to a private bank. He has appealed for help in tracing 14 trophies won during his career so he could sell them.

His mansion in Majorca – currently occupied by squatters – is on the market for £9million. Becker has two sons from his first marriage to actress Barbara Feltus and a daughter from a tryst with a Russian model.

Becker was previously said to have been hopeful of raising £1million alone by selling his Wimbledon trophies. 

Former tennis star Boris Becker is selling off an array of trophies and mementos at an auction in Hemel Hempstead

Former tennis star Boris Becker is selling off an array of trophies and mementos at an auction in Hemel Hempstead

Former tennis star Boris Becker is selling off an array of trophies and mementos at an auction in Hemel Hempstead

Becker is pictured with the Wimbledon men's singles trophy after beating Kevin Curren in the final in London in July 1985

Becker is pictured with the Wimbledon men's singles trophy after beating Kevin Curren in the final in London in July 1985

Becker is pictured with the Wimbledon men’s singles trophy after beating Kevin Curren in the final in London in July 1985

A full-size replica 1989 US Open winner's trophy which was previously on display at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island in the US features in the sale

A full-size replica 1989 US Open winner's trophy which was previously on display at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island in the US features in the sale

The US Open trophy was awarded to Boris Becker for his men's singles victory over Ivan Lendl - his only US Open title

The US Open trophy was awarded to Boris Becker for his men's singles victory over Ivan Lendl - his only US Open title

A full-size replica 1989 US Open winner’s trophy which was previously on display at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island in the US features in the sale. It was awarded to Becker for his men’s singles victory over Ivan Lendl. The starting price is £5,000

Becker is pictured lifting a similar 1989 US Open trophy at the USTA National Tennis Center in in Flushing Meadows, New York

Becker is pictured lifting a similar 1989 US Open trophy at the USTA National Tennis Center in in Flushing Meadows, New York

Becker is pictured lifting a similar 1989 US Open trophy at the USTA National Tennis Center in in Flushing Meadows, New York

Becker is pictured stepping out of his BMW in London today, after returning from commentating on the French Open in Paris

Becker is pictured stepping out of his BMW in London today, after returning from commentating on the French Open in Paris

Becker is pictured stepping out of his BMW in London today, after returning from commentating on the French Open in Paris

Becker's trademark Lotto shirts and shorts are among the items up for auction. The Italian sportswear manufacturer sponsored Becker at the height of his fame, along with other tennis stars such as Martina Navratilova and Thomas Muster

Becker's trademark Lotto shirts and shorts are among the items up for auction. The Italian sportswear manufacturer sponsored Becker at the height of his fame, along with other tennis stars such as Martina Navratilova and Thomas Muster

Becker’s trademark Lotto shirts and shorts are among the items up for auction. The Italian sportswear manufacturer sponsored Becker at the height of his fame, along with other tennis stars such as Martina Navratilova and Thomas Muster

A Becker XXL Lotto sleeveless sweater, two wristbands and a pair of socks also feature among the lots going up for auction

A Becker XXL Lotto sleeveless sweater, two wristbands and a pair of socks also feature among the lots going up for auction

A Becker XXL Lotto sleeveless sweater, two wristbands and a pair of socks also feature among the lots going up for auction

A Seiko watch which belonged to tennis star Novak Djokovic is one of four timepieces in the sale by British auction house Wyles Hardy & Co, which is due to take place on June 28

A Seiko watch which belonged to tennis star Novak Djokovic is one of four timepieces in the sale by British auction house Wyles Hardy & Co, which is due to take place on June 28

Becker coached Djokovic for three years before they parted ways in 2016

Becker coached Djokovic for three years before they parted ways in 2016

A Seiko watch which belonged to tennis star Novak Djokovic, who Becker coached for three years before they parted ways in 2016, is one of four timepieces in the sale by British auction house Wyles Hardy & Co, which is due to take place on June 28

A Puma Super tennis racket used by Becker in the 1988 World Championship Tennis finals. The final that year played on an indoor court at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, saw Becker defeat Sweden's Stefan Edberg. The starting price is £3,000

A Puma Super tennis racket used by Becker in the 1988 World Championship Tennis finals. The final that year played on an indoor court at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, saw Becker defeat Sweden's Stefan Edberg. The starting price is £3,000

A Puma Super tennis racket used by Becker in the 1988 World Championship Tennis finals. The final that year played on an indoor court at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, saw Becker defeat Sweden’s Stefan Edberg. The starting price is £3,000

Boris Becker during the 1988 Nabisco Masters

Boris Becker during the 1988 Nabisco Masters

A close-up of the Puma tennis racket Becker used at the WCT Finals in April 1988, which was part of the Nabisco Grand Prix

A close-up of the Puma tennis racket Becker used at the WCT Finals in April 1988, which was part of the Nabisco Grand Prix

Becker used the Puma tennis racket at the WCT Finals in April 1988, which was part of the Nabisco Grand Prix

Collectors can also bid on Becker's 1988 Davis Cup winner's trophy with West Germany

Collectors can also bid on Becker's 1988 Davis Cup winner's trophy with West Germany

West Germany beat Sweden 4-1 in the 1988 Davis Cup final

West Germany beat Sweden 4-1 in the 1988 Davis Cup final

Collectors can also bid on Becker’s 1988 Davis Cup winner’s trophy with West Germany, who beat Sweden 4-1 in the final. The starting bid on the item is £6,500

A pair of trainers that Becker wore at the 1996 Australian Open, the last of his six grand slam titles, in which he beat American Michael Chang in January of that year. The victory also marked Becker's second Australian Open title

A pair of trainers that Becker wore at the 1996 Australian Open, the last of his six grand slam titles, in which he beat American Michael Chang in January of that year. The victory also marked Becker's second Australian Open title

A pair of trainers that Becker wore at the 1996 Australian Open, the last of his six grand slam titles, in which he beat American Michael Chang in January of that year. The victory also marked Becker’s second Australian Open title

Becker in the 1997 Australian Open

Becker in the 1997 Australian Open

Another angle of the tennis shoes worn by Becker in the 1996 Australian Open Final. The sale is being conducted after the 50-year-old German sportsman was declared bankrupt last June and his assets were seized by creditors

Another angle of the tennis shoes worn by Becker in the 1996 Australian Open Final. The sale is being conducted after the 50-year-old German sportsman was declared bankrupt last June and his assets were seized by creditors

Becker wore the tennis shoes (left and right) in the 1996 Australian Open Final. The starting price is £500. The sale is being conducted after the 50-year-old German sportsman was declared bankrupt last June and his assets were seized by creditors

A Renshaw Cup trophy Becker was presented after becoming the youngest male winner of Wimbledon aged just 17 in 1985

A Renshaw Cup trophy Becker was presented after becoming the youngest male winner of Wimbledon aged just 17 in 1985

A salt-glazed earthenware ewer with blue and brown floral decorations, inscribed 'Halbfinale Davis Cup Frankfurt'

A salt-glazed earthenware ewer with blue and brown floral decorations, inscribed 'Halbfinale Davis Cup Frankfurt'

A Renshaw Trophy Becker was presented after becoming the youngest male winner of Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985 (left, with a starting price of £10,000), and a ewer presented to mark West Germany’s Davis Cup semi-final win in the same year (right)

Becker plays a backhand return during Wimbledon in London in June 1997, which saw him knocked out by Pete Sampras

Becker plays a backhand return during Wimbledon in London in June 1997, which saw him knocked out by Pete Sampras

Becker plays a backhand return during Wimbledon in London in June 1997, which saw him knocked out by Pete Sampras

Hertfordshire-based auction house Wyles Hardy & Co has been tasked with estimating the value of Becker's trophies and memorabilia which can not be removed from his or his mother’s homes

Hertfordshire-based auction house Wyles Hardy & Co has been tasked with estimating the value of Becker's trophies and memorabilia which can not be removed from his or his mother’s homes

Hertfordshire-based auction house Wyles Hardy & Co has been tasked with estimating the value of Becker’s trophies and memorabilia which can not be removed from his or his mother’s homes

Becker's Wimbledon 1990 runners-up medal following his epic five set loss to his great rival Stefan Edberg of Sweden

Becker's Wimbledon 1990 runners-up medal following his epic five set loss to his great rival Stefan Edberg of Sweden

Another view of the 1990 runners-up medal from Wimbledon

Another view of the 1990 runners-up medal from Wimbledon

Becker’s Wimbledon 1990 runners-up medal following his epic five set loss to his great rival Stefan Edberg of Sweden

Becker is pictured with his wife Lilly in 2017. It emerged last month that they have separated after 13 years together

Becker is pictured with his wife Lilly in 2017. It emerged last month that they have separated after 13 years together

Becker is pictured with his wife Lilly in 2017. It emerged last month that they have separated after 13 years together

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