A pair of vintage boxing gloves signed by Randolph Turpin, the legendary World Middleweight champion and Bruce Woodcock, the British, Empire and European Heavyweight champion have sold at auction for £1,232.
The private buyer at the sale by Colwyn Bay auctioneers Rogers Jones Co said the gloves will return to Turpin’s home town of Leamington.
The result represents a prize profit for the seller, a keen collector of sporting memorabilia, who paid just £50 for the tan leather gloves and a collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings and boxing programmes relating to the two stars of the ring in the 1940s and 50s at a car boot sale in North Wales.
The gloves and archive of ephemera had been expected to make up to £400, but interest from collectors of Turpin memorabilia pushed the selling price far higher.
The autographed gloves were obtained by a member of the Gwrych Castle workforce when Turpin and Woodcock chose the North Wales venue as their training camp for prize fights.
After retiring from boxing in 1952, Turpin bought Llandudno’s Summit Hotel at the top of the Great Orme, but he got into financial difficulties. He shot himself on May 17 1966, aged just 37.
Turpin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in New York and in 2001, exactly 50 years after his victory over Sugar Ray Robinson, a statue of Turpin was erected in Warwick town square.