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Barassi collection to be sold at auction

Ron Barassi looks on during the 2014 AFL Round 12 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG, Melbourne on June 09, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Ron Barassi looks on during the 2014 AFL Round 12 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG, Melbourne on June 09, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

LEONARD Joel will ​be selling ​at public auction the personal collection of Australian sporting legend Ron Barassi. For more than 60 years, Ron Barassi has been a key sporting and cultural figure, famous for his ground-breaking career in Australian Rules football. This is a collection of national significance offering a unique glimpse into a bygone football era and the inquisitive mind of an extraordinary player and revolutionary coach.

Throughout his life, Ron Barassi collected enthusiastically and broadly. The various items clearly indicate interests stretching far beyond football into various other sports, history, psychology and business. Each aspect of his career and personal interests are represented through the memorabilia, awards and iconic personal mementos spanning his entire life.

“I have enjoyed the journey behind the awards, the mementos, the historic pieces, the souvenirs and curiosities. I think now is a good time to share these treasures with the collecting community. I hope that in the caring hands of public institutions (sporting museums, libraries) and private collectors these items will bring pleasure to a wide public and be best preserved for the social and historic interest of future generations. And I’m glad my family will have a permanent record of my collection without the responsibility.”

–  Ron Barassi

Auction highlights include Ron Barassi's Melbourne Football Club Premiership Guernsey worn in the 1964 Grand Final (lot 2040), an important Posthumous 1941 Melbourne Premiership Medal awarded to Ron Barassi Snr (lot 1056), Ron Barassi’s 1975 VFL North Melbourne Premiership Medal (lot 3030), the point post broken by Leigh Matthews in 1982 (lot 3054), among countless other treasures. 

AUCTION DETAILS

Auction |  Sunday 4 September at 2pm

Sydney Highlight Viewing | 39 Queen Street, Woollahra
Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 August 10am-4pm

Melbourne Viewing | 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra
Wednesday 31 August 9am-8pm
Thursday 1 – Friday 2 September 10am-4pm
Saturday 3 September 10am-5pm