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Coppi Tour de France yellow jersey sells for €20k at auction

Joe Robinson
6 Dec 2019

Iconic jersey from the 1952 Tour de France gets snapped up for a pretty penny

A yellow jersey worn by Fausto Coppi at the 1952 Tour de France has sold for €20,000 at auction. The size 3 jersey made by Le Coq Sportif was worn by Coppi as he rode to his second and final Tour success in the 39th edition of the race over 60 years ago.

The tiny woollen jersey with its two buttoned front pockets even came with provenance in the form of a signed photo of Coppi and two letters written by the previous owner 'Pinella' De Grandi, professional mechanic and resident of Pezzana, home of the Fausto Coppi fan club.

The jersey was sold via the Aste Bolaffi auctioning house and set with a reserve of €15,000 with an estimate of €20,000 to €25,000. It eventually sold for €20,000 to an anonymous buyer.

Previous jerseys worn by 'Il Campionissimo' are rare finds, especially in such impressive condition.

The Tour de France champion from 2012, Bradley Wiggins, is a notorious collector of cycling memorabilia - as Cyclist found out a few months back

He may well be the new owner of this jersey and, if so, it would join the Fausto Coppi 1939 Tour de France yellow jersey already in his vast collection.

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