BUENOS AIRES: From a tie to two BMW cars to a box of Cuban cigars – not to mention his parents’ house – nearly 90 items once belonged to Argentine soccer superstar Diego Maradona.
All will be put up for virtual auction on Sunday at an international sale organized from Buenos Aires.
“Right now we have 1,120 people registered and able to bid on the auction,” Adrian Mercado, the auction’s organizer, told AFP on Saturday.
The 87 lots on offer will have minimum bids ranging from $ 50 to $ 900,000, he said. The sale was ordered by the Argentine authorities in agreement with the heirs of the succession of the 1986 world champion.
âThe kids made a great selection of his stuff,â Mercado said. âThe most moving objects, with good memories, of great passion, will be kept by the family. “
The house sold at auction, in the Villa Devoto neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is the one that Maradona gave to her parents in the 1980s, when “Number 10” was playing for the professional team Boca Juniors.
“The years have passed, the clubs, the stories and the World Cups, but the house in Cantilo (street) has always been the place of Maradona”, we can read on the website promoting the auction. .
Far from the modest house of a poor neighborhood where Maradona was born in 1960, the villa he gave to his parents and where they lived until his death on November 25, 2020, is comfortable if not luxurious and includes a swimming pool. A minimum bid of $ 900,000 has been set for this.
Also on offer are two BMW automobiles, 2017 and 2016 models, with respective minimum bids of $ 225,000 and $ 165,000.
There’s also a Hyundai minivan, with a minimum of $ 38,000, and a two-bedroom apartment in the resort town of Mar del Plata (250 miles, or 400 kilometers, south of Buenos Aires), with a base price of $ 65,000.
Also for sale, a treadmill used by Maradona when he lived in Dubai while coaching a team there ($ 3,500 minimum), a photo of the football star with late Cuban leader Fidel Castro ($ 400) and a Cuban cigar humidor ($ 300).
A handwritten letter signed by Castro, however, will not be sold despite earlier expectations.
Ties, caps, boots and sports equipment, as well as six televisions, furniture, gym equipment, paintings and photos complete the items auctioned by order of Judge Luciana Tedesco.
The auction begins Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT) and will run for two hours, Mercado said.
The proceeds will be used to pay the debts and expenses of the estate, but not to the heirs of Maradona. The courts will decide how to dispose of the unsold items.