Sergio Aguero’s shirt worn when he scored Manchester City’s famous title-winning goal in 2012 - still covered in dry Champagne - is going under the hammer for as much as £30,000.
Eric Cantona’s ‘invisible’ kit from Manchester United’s humiliating 6-3 defeat to Southampton in 1996 and Wayne Rooney’s boots he used to smash in his first Premier League goal in 2002 aged just 16 are also being auctioned off as part of a huge football memorabilia sale.
The auction, to raise money to help testicular cancer and stroke charities, will include hundreds of signed pictures and boots by stars such as David Beckham and John Terry, plus shirts, programmes and tickets through the decades.
One shirt among the lots was worn by the Argentinian striker, Aguero, when he slotted home the memorable winner against Queens Park Rangers in the dying seconds of the game at the Etihad Stadium on 13 May 2012.
The historic City shirt worn by Aguero, when scoring the winning goal in the fourth minute of extra-time to secure the Premier League title, is estimated to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000.
The No.16 jersey worn by the English top-flight’s highest-scoring overseas player even still bears dry champagne spray marks on the front and back from the dressing celebrations.
City beat QPR 3-2, with Aguero’s winning goal considered by many to be the greatest moment in Premier League history - particularly for Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler’s, who reacted with his famous “Agueroooooo” outcry.
At the weekend, City unveiled a statue to commemorate the moment to mark 10 years since the goal.
Aguero’s shirt will be offered with two signed letters of provenance - one from the seller and one from a former employee at City, that will be made available to the winning bidder.
In his letter the seller also confirms that he is not profiting from the sale of this jersey.
What else is for sale?
Among more than 350 items relating to 30 years of the Premier League will be the boots of England’s top goal scorer - Rooney - worn when he scored his iconic first Premier League goal in October 2002, at the age of 16, playing for Everton against Arsenal.
Rooney is the second-highest goalscorer in the division and the boots are estimated at between £5,000 and 10,000.
The uncle of the present owner of the boots comes from a family that are long-time friends of Rooney’s family and in particular a friendship with the former striker’s uncle Richie, the main trainer at the boxing gym at Croxteth Sports Centre.
The vendor’s uncle got the boots through Rooney’s brother, Graham, and they were then later signed in an arrangement through his father, Thomas.
Cantona’s grey “invisible” shirt from 1996 is estimated £10,000 to £12,000 at the auction.
United never won a game in the grey kit - they lost four times and drew once, and in one game against Southampton Alex Ferguson ordered the team to change to their third choice jerseys at half-time.
He claimed the players could not recognise each other on the pitch as they blended in with the crowd when they wore the “invisible” jerseys, causing them to lose so badly.
A pair of the mercurial French forward’s boots, presented personally by Cantona to Lester Ellison, the Old Trafford dressing room attendant, are estimated to reach £5,000 to £10,000.
Cantona was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2021 and two items from his momentous career will be offered at auction.
What is the auction in aid of?
Adam Gascgoine, CEO of Graham Budd Auctions who are holding the sale, said: “We are delighted to be offering this iconic shirt in our Premier League auction – it is one of the most important pieces in the history of the Premier League as Aguero was wearing it when he scored the title clinching goal in 2012.
“Sergio Aguero is the fourth-highest scoring player in Premier League history, with 184 goals in 275 games; the league’s highest-scoring overseas player with nine more goals than Thierry Henry, and Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer.
“He is a true legend, so it’s no surprise that the club are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the goal by erecting a statue to him outside Etihad Stadium on 13 May 2022.
“In March of this year FourFourTwo Magazine published a list of the top 100 Premier League players and we very pleased that we have items relating to at least 83 of the top players in the sale.”
The auction proceeds will be divided between organisations which helped a patient in need of urgent and ongoing medical assistance.
Two charities that supported him during his prolonged illness - Testicular Cancer UK and the Stroke Association - will receive some of the proceeds.
For this lot Graham Budd Auctions has waived its seller’s commission so that 100% of the auction proceeds will go to these worthy causes.
Celebrating 30 years of the Premier League, the live online sale will take place at the auction website.