Signed shirt goes under the hammer

LIBBY WILSON
Last updated 16:32 06/08/2014
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Chris Luoni
TOP TRACK RUNNERS: The signatures of four Kiwi track Olympic medalists are on this polo, to be auctioned for the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

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A shirt signed by Kiwi track legends will be going under the hammer in a fundraiser tomorrow night - and it has fetched $35,000 before.

Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker and Sir Murray Halberg signed the polo, and an autograph by the late Jack Lovelock has been set in the frame.

Tomorrow it will be up for auction at The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award celebration dinner.

Around 250 people are expected at SkyCity for the evening.

Incoming board of trustees chairman Chris Luoni said the shirt was sold earlier this year at the Halberg Awards dinner and made $35,000.

Hamiltonian Luoni sourced the shirt and it was reframed with museum grade glass after Lovelock's signature was added.

"I found a collector who had one [signature] for sale, and we sourced its authenticity," Luoni said.

"And the three Sirs - Halberg, Snell and Walker - they actually signed the shirt, the picture of them on the shirt."

Luoni remembers a golden moment for one of the Olympians - he was living in Montreal, Canada in 1976, and watched Walker win the 1500m.

Tomorrow night the polo will be one of several items on auction, including a luncheon with a "very popular celebrity couple" at Huka Lodge and a framed Kiwis jersey signed by Sonny Bill Williams.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is one of three guest speakers for the evening in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

About 16,000 young New Zealanders are involved in the programme, Luoni said.

"When they receive an award, whether it's bronze, silver or gold, they've achieved. It's a life achievement award, a life skills award." 

Young people aged 14-25 can take part, and will be challenged in areas including service to the community, an "adventurous journey" and a skill.

The ticketed celebration dinner starts at 6.30pm August 7 at SkyCity Hamilton Function Centre.

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- Waikato Times

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