The auction of items from Liverpool’s former Melwood training ground saw some wild prices paid, but also funds going towards the LFC Foundation.
The Reds left Melwood in November after over 70 years at the historic training ground, moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby.
A revamp of the academy site left memories and memorabilia behind at Melwood, which Liverpool put to auction throughout Tuesday, with some items in aid of the LFC Foundation.
Signed shirts, caps, gloves and balls were added to signs, furniture, locker doors and more as Graham Budd Auctions presided over their sale.
In total, 454 items were sold for a total of £870,665.
A special selection of those items were for the club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, which will provide much-needed food and support the ongoing work around physical and mental wellbeing in the local community, particularly during the COVID-19 response.
That figure for the foundation stands at £373,670.
Understandably, the highest ticket item was the Champions Wall from the training ground’s reception – recently updated to include a 19th league title – which went for £30,000.
Other popular items included a ‘YNWA’ sign from the players’ canteen (£6.5k), a pair of sofas from Jurgen Klopp‘s office (£4.8k), Jordan Henderson‘s locker door (£3.4k) and the Melwood entrance gate itself (£8.5k).
Klopp’s worn and signed 2019 Champions League final cap was sold for £5,500, the manager’s Hugo Boss suit went for £1,700, a British Isles map from his office went for £2,600 and the LFC crest from the training ground’s exterior wall sold for £4,400.
Various signs, including ‘Facilities / IT Office’ (£650) and ‘Human Resources’ (£380), were sold for surprisingly high fees, while more obscure, non-Liverpool items included a Mike Tyson signed glove (£1.1k) and a pair of Iron Maiden headphones (£1k).
Player signed and worn memorabilia included a Steven Gerrard shirt from the 2013/14 season (£1.8k), a Sadio Mane shirt from the title-winning campaign (£1.2k) and a pair of Loris Karius goalkeeping gloves (£340).
Among the more obscure items that went for higher prices than expected were hand sanitiser dispensers (£320), some scales (£340) and a set of pea-green seats (£700).
Seats from the Anfield dugouts were also auctioned, with those having been replaced in the summer for ones with Nike branding. The 24 home and 12 away seats went for a combined £75,400.
Somebody will be creating a brilliant mini-Melwood or Anfield in their home or garden soon, no doubt!