Olympic legend Ben Ainslie's rash vest could spark a bidding war

Items of special interest to

sailing as well as general sports fans will be coming under the

hammer.

The Spirit of Sport Memorabilia Auction will be held at

Plymouth’s Life Centre on 10 February 2013.

The event will run from 5pm to around

8.30pm, with the auction starting at 7pm.

One of Ben Ainslie’s rash vests or

overbibs, signed by the quadruple Olympic gold medallist, will line

up alongside a framed illustration signed by the whole of the 2012

British Olympic sailing team.

There will also be a GBR Olympics

jacket and a jacket signed by the America’s Cup legend Dennis

Conner.

From New Zealand comes a framed piece of sailcloth from

the yacht Camper, signed by Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant

Dalton and Volvo Ocean Race skipper Chris Nicholson while a pair of

photographs of the 45-foot World Series catamarans racing off

Plymouth is signed by Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill.

And from

Spain comes a framed drawing of the hull lines of Volvo round the

world race winner ABN AMRO ONE, signed by the designer, Juan

Kouyoumdjian.

There will also be John Terry’s football boots, a

signed London Wasps team shirt or a Manchester United shirt signed by

Dennis Law or even a signed photo and swimming cap from Ruta

Meilutye, Olympic gold swimmer.

Funds are being raised in memory

of Gracie Keown for Meningitus UK, Mollie Sanders for The Snowdrop

Appeal and in memory of Royal Marine Sam Alexander MC for the 42

Commando Welfare Fund.

Sam’s father, Stuart Alexander said:

‘During 2011 we lost these loved ones and as a result we are

committed to raising funds in their honour in order to help the lives

of others.’

For further information you can contact

Claire Alexander, Becky McLaren and the other organisers via the

Facebook site called Spirit of Sport Memorabilia Auction.

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