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The Most Significant Sports Auction in History


Athlete of the Century and Three-Time World Cup Winner
Pelé and Julien’s Auctions to sell "the Collection"

Pelé Jules Rimet Trophy

Beverly Hills, California – (March 10, 2016) – Julien’s Auctions, the world record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced what many believe to be the most important sports auction in history — Pelé: THE COLLECTION. The three-time World Cup Champion, FIFA Player of the Century and Brazilian Football icon will offer his vast collection of memorabilia, awards, personal property and iconic items from his entire career for the first time ever.

Pelé 1958 World Cup Medal, two views

The collection, which includes over 2,000 items, will be featured in a three-day auction in London through Julien’s Auctions. Pelé is considered to be the most important football player of all time and has often been referred to as “Soccer’s National Treasure.” The three-time World Cup Champion, FIFA Player of the Century (1999) and Brazilian Football legend became a superstar with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. He holds the record as the youngest player to ever play in, and score in, a World Cup Final and holds the Guinness World Record for goals scored in a career with 1,283.

Pelé 1962 World Cup ID Card
1000th Goal Crown

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Brazil, football legend Pelé played professionally in Brazil for two decades, winning three World Cups in the process, before joining the New York Cosmos late in his career. Pelé’s massive collection of historical artifacts will go to auction June 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016 at Julien’s Auctions.

Pelé grew up in poverty but still developed his talent for soccer by kicking a rolled-up sock stuffed with rags around the streets of Bauru.


Pelé joined his first professional soccer club, Santos FC, at the age of 15 and scored his first professional career goal, in his first professional game, on September 7, 1956, over a month before his 16th birthday. The young phenomenon led the league in goals scored during his first full season and was immediately recruited to play for the Brazilian national team. This is where the legend began. The story of Pelé will be told in a major Hollywood biopic produced by Oscar-winning producers Imagine Entertainment.  The film will premiere in New York on April 23, 2016.

Pelé Guinness Book of World Records Most Career Goals Certificate

This global sports icon known to the world as Pelé won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Although just 5’ 8” tall, Pelé was a giant on the field leading his Brazilian team Santos FC to many championships. Pelé led his Santos team to two South American championships in the Copa Libertadores, and five consecutive Brazilian national championships in the Taça Brasil. Due in large part to Pelé’s efforts, Brazil was granted permanent possession of the World Cup’s Jules Rimet Trophy after their third victory in 1970. It was a true tribute to his ultimate dominance in the sport, leading to his influence remaining powerful among today’s modern day football stars.

Pelé 1000th goal ball

Pelé: The Collection is unprecedented and extraordinary. It covers every stage of his career — both personal and professional. The collection offers a story of sorts from his signing with Santos FC in 1956 at the age of 15 all the way through his post-career humanitarian efforts and being named Santos FC’s Lifetime Global Ambassador for the club in December 2014.

Investors, collectors, fans and sports aficionados alike will now have the very rare chance to bid on items from the collection which includes highlights such as Pelé’s Jules Rimet Trophy (Estimate: $400,000-$600.000), Pelé’s 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup Medals (Estimates: $100,000-$200,000), Pelé’s 1,000th goal ball (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000), Pelé’s 1977 NY Cosmos NASL Championship ring (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000) and Pelé’s L’Equipe Athlete of the Century Award (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Pelé 1958 World Champion Sash)

Other highlights include his Santos FC game worn jersey (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), Pelé Santos World Champion Sash (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000), Pelé’s 1960s C.B.D. 1st Place Brazilian Championship (Taca Brasil) Medal (Estimate: $10,000-$20,000) and a Pelé FIFA 2004 Centennial Order of Merit (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000).

Pelé at goal
Pelé 1977 NASL Championship Ring

Additional highlights include Pelé’s game worn NY Cosmos jersey (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), Pelé’s 1977 New York Cosmos NASL championship ring (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000), Pelé’s 2007 FIFA Presidential Award (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Pelé’s 1000th Goal Tribute Crown (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000) and Pelé’s “Escape to Victory” film worn Soccer Boots (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000).  The torch used by Pelé when he ran in the 2004 Summer Olympics Torch Relay ceremonies is also among the offerings.

The legacy of Pelé is unmatched.  From his very beginning in youth football to his storied career and then his post-career humanitarian efforts, Pelé remains the most influential soccer player of our time and the most famous name to ever play the sport of football.

Pelé Brazil national football team jersey

“Having donated a significant portion of my collection to the City of Santos, I have decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well.  I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come.  I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the auction to Pequeno Principe, the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil.”

All of the property in the auction will be featured in a full color three catalog limited edition box set available for purchase at www.juliensauctions.com for $300 USD.  A limited number of 500 special edition collectors box sets will be signed by Pelé for the price of $1,000 each with proceeds benefiting Pelé’s Children’s Hospital, Pequeno Príncipe.


Pelé: The Collection

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. GMT

Pelé: The Collection

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Monday, June 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. GMT

Pelé: The Collection

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Session I – 10:00 a.m. GMT
Session II – 2:00 p.m. GMT

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Session III – 10:00 a.m. GMT
Session IV – 2:00 p.m. GMT

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Session V – 10:00 a.m. GMT
Session VI – 2:00 p.m. GMT

Pelé: The Collection

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