By Lucila Sigal
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Fans of Diego Maradona, who died a year ago in Argentina, will be able to buy everything from signed shirts to luxury cars and the soccer star’s houses at an international auction on December 19.
“The 10 auction” will be online and open to fans around the world and the money raised will be used to cover expenses that the player’s heirs have, while the succession of his assets is resolved, Adrián Mercado, owner of the homonymous firm that organizes it.
The event will take place at 11:00 local time (1400 GMT), a time that foresees the attendance of the international public as a buyer or as a simple spectator.
Maradona died on November 25, 2020, at age 60, due to cardiac arrest. The former player and coach of the Argentine national team, with which he was world champion in 1986, had various health problems and had undergone cranial surgery shortly before.
“The five boys (recognized sons of Maradona) through their lawyers agreed and it was possible to carry out this event approach in order to raise money. This is only to pay expenses,” Mercado said. “There are many things with affective value, many,” he added.
Among the most expensive goods to auction is a house from the 1980s that Maradona gave to his parents in the Villa Devoto neighborhood of the Argentine capital, which will have a base price of $ 900,000, and a series of high-end cars. , including a BMW, model 750 I signed, with which he entered the field, with a base of $ 225,000.
The 87 lots will also include smaller, lower-value items such as balls, booties, photos, hats, a box of cigars, plaids, gym machines and T-shirts, some of which are signed by the idol of teams like Naples, Barcelona. and Boca Juniors. (https://www.adrianmercado.com.ar/)
“There will be a variety and a range of things that those who are very fans of Diego, who I think will be the ones who will be participating, will be able to take something safe, as a souvenir for their home,” Mercado said. , who expects a high turnout.
“I estimate that at least 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people at least will be able to see the event. Probably much more and I am very short because the Maradonian world has that surprise,” said the auctioneer. “I want to be left with the impression of something out of the ordinary, like all the things that Diego sometimes showed us in life,” he concluded.
(Reporting by Lucila Sigal; Edited by Nicolás Misculin)