Wednesday 24 May 2017

Been there, Dunne that, now Tony's golden memories are put up for sale

Dick Barton and Luke Byrne

THEY are mementos from his most glorious of days.

Now Irish soccer legend Tony Dunne is selling off precious memorabilia -- with an estimated value of €80,000 -- from his time as a Manchester United and international star.

Dunne (70) played for the Old Trafford club between 1960 and 1972, and was in the team when the famous 'Busby Babes' won the 1968 European Cup.

The Dublin native played a total of 33 times for Ireland and was regarded as one of the best defenders of his day.

Now a host of his football treasures is set to go under the hammer at the famous British auction house Bonhams, in Chester.

The most valuable item is a shirt that he wore when United beat Portuguese side Benfica 4-1 in that European Cup final in Wembley.

It was the first time an English team had won the cup and it came 10 years after the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which eight Manchester United players were killed.

The shirt is expected to sell for between €12,000 and €17,000 when the collection goes to auction on October 5.

His nine-carat gold FA cup winner's medal from Manchester's 1963 season is also up for auction. The medal has been valued at between €9,500 and €11,500.

Dunne, who lives in England, could not be contacted last night.

But Irish collectors will keep a close eye on the 'Irish' items in his collection, including a number of the defender's Ireland caps.

Each is expected to sell for between €700 and €900.

A distinctive marble shamrock-shaped FAI statuette from 1975 is also amongst the items, with an estimated value of up to €700.

And a Brazil shirt belonging to Jairzinho, from a May 1974 match in Rio de Janeiro, has also been placed on the auction block.

Dunne swapped his green shirt with the Brazilian maestro following the international match and it could sell for up to €700.

It is estimated that he will raise a total of €80,000 from the sale of the entire collection.

Valuable

It is unclear why the football legend, who now lives in Sale, Cheshire, has decided to get rid of the valuable items.

Dunne played alongside other football heroes such as George Best and Bobby Charlton in some of the greatest United teams in history.

He began playing for Dublin side Shelbourne Rovers in 1958 before he was signed to Manchester for £5,000 two years later.

He went on to make 530 appearances for the team, the seventh greatest appearance tally in the club's history behind Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Alex Stepney.

Irish Independent

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