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The sale of Diego Maradona’s Ballon d’Or was postponed due to a legal conflict

The sale of Diego Maradona’s Ballon d’Or was postponed due to a legal conflict

The Aguttes auction house decided to postpone the auction, which was to take place on Thursday in Neuilly-sur-Seine, maintaining that “this litigious climate” and the “uncertainties” it generates do not allow the sales process to be ensured.

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The auction organizers of the Golden Ball given to the legendary Argentine player Diego Maradona in 1986, they announced this Sunday the postponement of the auction, as a result of a “litigious climate” and “uncertainties.”

A court in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, denied last Thursday the suspension of the sale of the trophy that the heirs of the deceased footballer had claimed, stating that the piece was stolen during a bank robbery in October 1989 in Naples. .

The family lawyer Maradona He later announced that he would appeal this decision.

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Due to a series of disputes, the auction of the Ballon d'Or won by Diego Maradona in 1986 after winning the World Cup in Mexico was suspended.

Due to a series of disputes, the auction of the Ballon d’Or won by Diego Maradona in 1986 after winning the World Cup in Mexico was suspended.

Reuters

At the same time, another lawsuit was filed as confirmed by the Nanterre prosecutor’s office. In this context, the Aguttes auction house decided to postpone the sale, which was to take place on Thursday in Neuilly-sur-Seine, another town on the outskirts of the capital.

“Our mission is to organize the auctions in the best conditions, both for the seller and for the buyers,” the director of the firm Maximilien Aguttes said in a statement, adding that “this litigious climate” and the “uncertainties” it generates do not allow ensure the sales process.

This antique dealer, who did not specify the date of the new auction, claimed to have acquired the Ballon d’Or at an auction in 2016 “in the same lot” made up of hundreds of trophies, most of them of little value.

The trophy that rewarded Diego Maradona in 1986 was awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the World Cup but is not part of the Golden Balls which were awarded at the time to the best player of the year, which at that time were reserved for European players.

Source: Ambito

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