Rare Brownlow Medal for sale
Posted May 20th, 2009
In the 85-year history of the Brownlow Medal, arguably Australia’s greatest sporting tribute, only three medals have been sold to the public. These belonged to Len Thomson (1972), Fred Goldsmith (1955) and Edward 'Carji' Greeves (1924, the first year it was awarded).
Attempts to persuade recipients or their families to sell medals in their possession have largely proved fruitless. The decision by St Kilda hard man, Verdun Howell, to part with his medal is considered a coup, with football aficionados likely to lead the charge for the 9ct gold and enamel medal.
Howell was awarded his Brownlow Medal in 1989, 30 years after he tied with triple medallist Bob Skilton.
The rules of the day only allowed for one winner, and Howell lost on a countback. Common sense ultimately prevailed.
The Verdun Howell Brownlow Medal will be offered for sale by Leski Auctions in Melbourne on June 30th.
It has a presale estimate of $40,000 – $60,000.
“The highest price ever paid for a Brownlow Medal is believed to be in excess of $300,000, which was for the Greeves medal,” says Charles Leski. “This reflects the scarcity of these items and the esteem in which the medal and the recipients are held.”
“We anticipate spirited bidding from people who appreciate just how rare this offering is. Given that in 85 years only three medals have been sold, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The Howell Brownlow Medal will be offered in our June Sporting Memorabilia Sale.