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Race mementos from British cycling history to go under the hammer

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The cycling collection that will be coming

under the hammer at Cuttlestones’

August Specialist Collectors’ Sale

Cuttlestones’ Harry Wilson takes a spin donning
the 1966 Milk Race winners’ yellow jersey

A collection of rare and unique items detailing the rich history of competitive cycling in Britain, including an illustrious ‘Yellow Jersey’ worn by the winner of the 1966 Milk Race, is set to go under the hammer later this summer. Cuttlestones auctioneers, which has salerooms in both Penkridge and Wolverhampton, will sell the items at its Specialist Collectors’ sale on Friday 14th August.

Since the turn of the century, cycling has experienced a surge in popularity in the UK; following the success of home-grown athletes on the world stage at the Tour de France, as well as the World Championships and Olympic Games. In turn, cycling memorabilia has become hot property in the eyes of many collectors, with items dating from the early to mid-20th century of particular interest.
All the items up for sale date from the 1960s and, together with the famous winner’s jersey, also include an Eddie Merckx hat and a number of black and white photographs showcasing the racers, spectators and landmarks which populated the tours during this era. The ‘Yellow Jersey’ in question was worn by the Polish racer Józef Gawliczek, who left the field trailing in his wake during his victorious ride at the 1966 Milk Race (an event now known as the Tour of Britain). The vendor came into possession of the items via her father, who was the Official Timekeeper for these races during the period. 
Saleroom Manager at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, Richard Forrester, is excited to see such an interesting collection come up for auction:
“As a keen cyclist these items caught my eye immediately when they were brought in during one of our valuation days. Cycling is hugely popular in the UK at the moment thanks to stars such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and it’s great to see such enthusiasm for the sport at a local level as well, given the hype surrounding the upcoming Staffordshire Festival of Cycling, and the world-class athletes that will be competing on our doorstep.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in hammer prices for vintage cycling memorabilia in recent years, and I expect this collection to generate some significant interest, especially given the provenance.”
The Cycling interest items are set to be auctioned off at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 14th August from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 13th August, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. The catalogue will be available online via the website from Friday 7th August. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985.
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