Ripped from Lomu’s posterior by Henry Honiball – now you can buy them
All Black rugby star Jonah Lomu lost his shorts in a Super 12 final against the Sharks in ‘96. Now they’re on auction for R5,7million.
They’re old, torn, possibly mud-stained and dirty, and likely laced with testosterone-laden sweat. But there’s a Kiwi out there — perhaps suffering from lockdown-induced craziness — who thinks someone will be willing to pay a cool NZ$500,000 (R5,7million) for them.
They’re the shorts worn by New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu in the 1996 inaugural Super 12 rugby final, when the Auckland Blues took on the then Natal Sharks at Eden Park in Auckland.
According to information supplied by the current owner, the shorts were ripped from Lomu’s body during a tackle by Springbok Henry Honiball. They were found on the sideline by a ball boy and eventually returned to Lomu, who gifted them to a children’s charity to be sold on auction.
Kept in a bank safe-deposit box for 24 years
The current owner, who is an anonymous New Zealander living in Australia, bought the shorts 24 years ago for NZ$$4,800 and they have been kept in a bank safe-deposit box ever since.
The shorts were placed on auction on Sunday 19 April through a popular New Zealand auction and classifieds sales website called Trade Me. Bids are open for a week and close on Sunday 27 April.
Part of the proceeds will go to two children’s charities
In the product description placed on Trade Me, the current owner writes: “The legacy of these shorts was to improve [and] enhance the lives of sick children and l intend to able to do this again. My intention is to donate a percentage of the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane and also to Children’s Starship Hospital in Auckland.
He continues: “This is a genuine item and l have provided copies of the relevant supporting [and] verification documentation. I am open to offers and am happy to discuss [or] organise an inspection if required.”
Does the price have too many zeros?
In the comments section on the website, one person asks “You do realise you have included an extra zero or two by mistake, right?” To which the owner merely replies: “You are welcome to make an offer.”
If you fancy this piece of rugby memorabilia for the wall of your pub, you can place your bid here.
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