‘World Cup’ wines to be auctioned

A magnum of Champagne signed by many of the players in England’s World Cup-winning football team in 1966 is to be auctioned this August.

The limited edition magnum is bottle number ‘1’ of – appropriately – 1,966 that were released by Jacquart in 1986.

The labels were signed by eight of the 1966 World Cup-winning team: Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Martin Peters and Alan Ball.

It is being sold by UK auctioneer Humbert & Ellis on 2 August with a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£4,000.

Jacquart’s export director, Patrick Spanti, told the drinks business the house is considering repeating its World Cup winner magnum signings this year – hoping very much it will be the French of course.

As well as the magnum of Champagne, another series of limited edition World Cup wines is being sold at the auction – five wines in all specially packaged in World Cup trophy-shaped bottles from Italia 1990; two Chardonnays (looking a little brown), two rosés and a Barbera d’Asti.

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