George Best’s 1968 medal sold for £156,000

November 3, 2010

Football legend George Best’s European Cup winner’s medal has sold for £156,000 (US $250,000) at auction reports BBC Sport.

The 1968 medal was among 13 items belonging to the Manchester United and Northern Ireland star to be sold at Bonhams in Chester on Wednesday.

It was expected to fetch up to £120,000 and the auction house described the final price as “staggering”.

Proceeds of the sale, which totalled about £200,000, will go to the late footballer’s sister, Barbara McNally. George Best died in November 2005, aged 59. The Belfast-born forward made 470 appearances for United between 1963 and 1974, scoring 179 goals.