Julien's Auctions announces "Pelegacy: An Auction Benefitting The Pelé Foundation"

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Julien's Auctions announces "Pelegacy: An Auction Benefitting The Pelé Foundation"
Yao Ming signed Reebok pump limited edition Olympic Dragon Omni Hexride shoe. Estimate: $600-$800.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced today that Pelegacy: An Auction Benefitting The Pelé Foundation, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars’ charity auction benefitting the philanthropic mission of the Brazilian football icon and one of the most revered sports figures of all time, will take place Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 live at Mall Galleries in London and online at juliensauctions.com.

All proceeds will go towards The Pelé Foundation, a new charitable endeavor that will benefit organizations around the world and their dedicated efforts to empower children, specifically around poverty alleviation, access to education and aid with refugee crisis, and the Pelegacy movement to help Brazil's fight against and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A sensational collection of nearly 300 sports artifacts and iconic memorabilia will be presented featuring signed and inscribed jerseys and photographs, team shirts, personal wardrobe and more offered directly from the legendary Brazilian footballer hailed by FIFA as "the greatest" of the game. During Pelé’s record-breaking career from the 1950s to 1970s, he won three FIFA World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970)-the only player to achieve this. He was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee, included on Time’s 100 list of most important people of the 20th century, was one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century and voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), among many other accolades and honors. The attacking midfielder and forward, who scored a goal in nearly every match that he played, racked a career total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games and a Guinness World Record for this feat and is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. He is also revered as a hero to millions around the world when he became the first Black global sporting star at the 1958 World Cup and for his activism to improve the social conditions of the poor in Brazil and around the world.

To launch this initiative, superstars and public figures from the worlds of sports and entertainment gifted items to Pelé for the auction, some of which were originally given in his honor via Pelegacy, a grass-roots movement launched to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of the 1970 World Cup and Pelé’s 80th birthday. Franz Beckenbauer, David Beckham, Channing Frye, David Beckham, Franco Harris, Derek Jeter, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maria Sharapova, Jairzinho, Justin Timberlake, Kenyon Martin, Rafael Marquez, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan, Yao Ming, Mark Wahlberg, Rick Rubio, Neymar, Lorena Ochoa, Mario Zagallo and Thiago Silva are just some of the all-stars who have contributed.

Highlights (with estimates) include Pelé’s personally commissioned 18 karat gold plated bronze foot, which he sat for in its creation with the famous Roman sculptor, Dante Mortet, of the renowned Mortet family of sculptors who began making chalices for the Pope 120 years ago, who has created bronze sculptures of the hands of Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelica Houston and Quentin Tarantino ($4,000-$6,000), as well as a personally commissioned 18 karat gold Dante Mortet gold plated bronze of his footprint attached to a board ($3,000-$5,000; Pelé’s signed finger printed photograph of his infamous leap into the air with teammates at the Brasil 1970 World Cup Champions ($200-$300); his Santos F.C. collared shirt signed inscribed in honor of his 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of Pelé's 3rd World Cup triumph in 1970 ($300-$500); two of Pelé’s signed and inscribed Santos F.C. #1 goalkeeper shirts as Pelé also played keeper during his career and guarded the net without a single goal scored, cementing his incredible athleticism and power (each $400-$600); a Kylian Mbappe game prepared and signed Euro Qualifier France football national team shirt inscribed on the back "Happy 50th 3X World Champ King" ($2,000-$3,000); Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid match jersey worn during a La Liga match ($1,000-$2,000); David Beckham’s match worn AC Milan shirt ($600-$800); a Roberto Baggio 1994 match worn Italy national football team jersey ($800-$1,200); a rare Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan signed Wilson college football ($400-$600); Mark Wahlberg’s signed Everlast boxing glove used in the film "The Fighter" ($300-$600); Ricky Rubio’s NBA game worn signed Adidas D.O.N. Issue 2 Crayola Blue sneakers ($1,000-$2,000); Abel Balbo’s match worn signed inscribed Argentina national team jersey ($800-$1,200); a straight razor by Scapicchio Accademia – one of the oldest barber shops in the world established in Italy over 200 years ago – engraved with Scapiccio's name and emblem and encased in a wooden box inscribed to Pelé ($200-$300); a Pelé 80th Societa Sportiva S.S. Lazio Speed Skydiving club donated shirt ($200-$300); a Pelé signed and inscribed "Top of the World" 1962 FIFA World Cup jersey ($400-$600); a Pelé signed inscribed 1958 FIFA World Cup Athleta brand jersey ($500-$700); a Pelé signed inscribed "Gooool Pelé" Santos 1,000th Goal Athleta brand jersey, the official reproduction jersey of Pelé’s shirt worn when he scored his 1,000th career goal on November 19, 1969 ($600-$800); a Justin Timberlake signed MathMastery.com T-shirt ($300-$500); an inscribed jersey to Pelé from Samuel Modiano, an Italian deportee holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp ($600-$800); a Channing Frye signed number 8 Phoenix Suns jersey ($200-$300); a Yao Ming signed Reebok pump limited edition Olympic Dragon Omni Hexride shoe ($600-$800); a Shane Battier NBA game worn signed Converse basketball shoe ($600-$800); as well as a David Guetta signed black T-shirt, a Derek Jeter signed photograph, a Neymar Jr. match worn Brazil Nike team shirt, a Maria Sharapova signed concert poster, a Lorena Ochoa inscribed Lacoste golf polo shirt and an array of team shirts, match worn jerseys and memorabilia from football greats such as Gianfranco Angelini, Richarlison de Andrade, Gustavo Henrique, Jairzinho, Roberto Miranda, and more. (photo top to bottom: jerseys from Cristiano Ronaldo, Franz Beckenbauer, and David Beckham)

“Julien’s Auctions is honored to partner with the legendary Pelé, who is revered not only as an international sports hero and icon but a cultural figure for his activism and aid for the disenfranchised and poor around the world,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are proud to announce that all proceeds of this charity auction will go towards The Pelé Foundation, whose mission is to help the hardest hit and most underserved communities particularly in Pelé’s native homeland of Brazil. We are most grateful to Pelé and all of the athletes and stars who have generously contributed nearly 300 spectacular items, many of which represent the biggest moments of their careers and championship seasons, to this most urgent endeavor.”

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