Roger Bannister shoes go for five times the expected amount at London auction

Sir Roger Bannister's racing spikes.
Sir Roger Bannister's racing spikes.
Photo: Christie’s

The shoes Roger Bannister wore when he broke the four-minute mile barrier went for five times the expected amount at an auction in London this weekend.

When news broke that the shoes would be sold in an auction, Christie’s estimated that they’d go for no more than£50,000 or $100,000 Canadian dollars. This week though, an anonymous buyer in South Kensington, London bought them for a whopping £266,500 reports The Guardian. In Canadian dollars, that totals $545,113.

When Sir Roger Bannister was asked about the shoes, he said they were the last tangible link he has to his sub-four minute mile which he ran on May 6, 1954 at the age of 25. The thin leather racing shoes weigh just 4.5 ounces and Bannister whittled down the spikes to be as thin as possible.

The money is going towards the Autonomic Charitable Trust, a charity which Bannister is one of the trustees for.

See Roger Bannister look back on his accomplishments in the video below.