Boris Becker

Boris Becker auctioned trophies for nearly $1 million to pay debts, court hears

Boris Becker held an auction for his trophies which netted around £700,000, close to $1 million, in order to cover his debt, a court heard on Thursday.  

The news comes from proceedings in Southwark Crown Court, where Becker is facing 24 charges under the Insolvency Act according to the Evening Standard.

The 54-year-old former world number one was declared bankrupt in June 2017, with the process still active as he looks to settle debts of £50 million ($65 million).

The court heard that in one conversation between Becker and a trustee tasked with recovering his assets, the German said: “Do you think, bearing in mind I am now facing criminal charges relating to these trophies, that if I had access to them, I wouldn’t have given them to you?”

Becker’s Barrister Jonathan Laidlaw QC added: “There was an auction which realised something like £700,000 (about $920,000 US).”

Of the 24 charges that Becker faces, nine concern his failing to hand over trophies and other awards.

Those nine awards include two of the three Wimbledon titles that Becker won in 1985, 1986 and 1989.

The trophies given to players are replicas of those presented on court after the final of a tournament.

Other awards that Becker has failed to give up are his two Australian Open trohpies, won in 1991 and 1996, a Davis Cup trophy, a competition he won with West Germany in 1988 and 1989, and his Olympic doubles gold medal won at Barcelona 1992 alongside compatriot and fellow Wimbledon champion Michael Stich.

The trial is ongoing.

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