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Tuesday 23 January 2018

West Ham post 1,100 lots as first of three auctions opens

Nearly 1,100 items have been made available to West Ham fans
Nearly 1,100 items have been made available to West Ham fans

West Ham fans can get their hands on a piece of history after the Barclays Premier League club kicked off one of three auctions on Wednesday.

The Hammers have brought the curtain down on their 112-year association with the Boleyn Ground ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium, and a number of items have been made available to supporters.

Nearly 1,100 lots have been posted on West Ham's website with the proceeds being invested in the club's academy.

Fans will be able to buy a number of items with an illuminated version of the club's crest already attracting bids of up to £1,600. A set of matchday goal posts, complete with net, holds an asking price of £500, while the cheapest items include toilet signs, a printer and a VHS player. Corner flags and seats from both home and the visiting dugouts are also available.

A second auction - which features 600 items of football memorabilia - will begin on May 23, while a final auction featuring some of the highest-value lots will be hosted at the Boleyn Ground on June 4.

Following discussions with the club's fans, former players and their relatives, West Ham have also selected more than 200 items to take from the Boleyn Ground to the new stadium.

West Ham have played their football at Upton Park since 1904, but they will begin a new era when they move into the Olympic Stadium in Stratford next season.

While the Hammers will not be able to showcase European football at their new home following a defeat against Stoke on the final day of the new season, they ended their tenure at Upton Park with a famous 3-2 comeback victory over Manchester United earlier this month.

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