Serena Williams' Smashed Racket from US Open Meltdown Sells for $20,910 at Auction in New Jersey
The ball boy Serena Williams gave her smashed racket to expressed his regrets after learning it sold for over $20k at a recent auction. He reveals how much he only sold it for.
Never mind that Serena Williams smashed her racket as a result of her meltdown at the 2018 US Open. That racket sold for tens of thousands at a recent auction.
HOW THE RACKET BROKE
Williams famously slammed her racket to the ground expressing her frustration over an on-court violation she received from an official at the US Open. She was competing against Naomi Osaka for the finals when she got into a verbal match with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. She lost to Osaka and she also lost a good racket that day.
...after her racket broke, Serena gave it to ball boy Justin Harrington- Holmes. Holmes, in turn, sold it to a Manhattan dealer of collectibles...He wished someone had advised him about selling it...
Serena Williams' smashed racket from the US Open sells for $20,910 https://t.co/yRoT50sBw9— Goldin Auctions (@GoldinAuctions) December 10, 2019
THE RACKET'S VALUE TODAY
However, an auction at a New Jersey recently cashed in on the Wilson Blade racket. According to a tweet by Goldin Auctions, it sold for a whopping $20,910.
The racket is featured in Goldin Auctions’ website as Lot # 91. The description indicates that its inside bar has Williams’ name and facsimile signature printed in gold.
A SERIES OF REGRETS
Per CNN, after her racket broke, Serena gave it to ball boy Justin Harrington- Holmes. Holmes, in turn, sold it to a Manhattan dealer of collectibles for a mere $500, according to the New York Times. An anonymous party gave it up for auction at Goldin.
Speaking to the Times, Holmes is regretful that he didn’t know how to put a value on the racket when he sold it. He wished someone had advised him about selling it since he wasn’t familiar with how these things are done.
We know he's somewhere kicking himself 🎾https://t.co/zNa6MB5kqj— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) December 11, 2019
“Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player, something she should remember as one of the happiest memories in her long and successful career,” she wrote in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar a year later. “My heart broke,” she added.
Williams’ racket was one of several sports memorabilia that was sold by Golden Auctions. Among them were Jesse Owens’ gold medal from the 1936 Olympics which sold for $615,000 and a signed LeBron James rookie card that was purchased for $198,030.
In total, Goldin Auctions generated $4.3 million for 1,500 lots. Five of these lots valued at $100,000 each.