Bankrupt keeper David James: Football memorabilia sold off

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Image caption David James now plays for and manages Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League

Former England goalkeeper David James' football memorabilia has been auctioned off after the star went bankrupt.

James, 44, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, was declared bankrupt in May despite earning around £20m.

Signed shirts, shorts and balls were amongst the items sold by auctioneer Hilco at a sale registered in Kent.

An England shirt the player wore in the Three Lions' 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina in 2002 fetched £672.

A Liverpool FC goalkeeper's jersey worn during the Reds' 1995/96 season sold for more than £160 while a Portsmouth No 1 top James wore in 2008 went for £480.

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Image caption An England home kit signed by the team and a Portsmouth goalkeeper's jersey were among the items sold

Other goods included a boxed and unused retro Raleigh Chopper bike, which went for more than £1000.

Hilco's Spencer Chapman said there had been "interest from around the world with more than 1,000 registrants across the 10-day sales period".

"We've not really dealt with a sale on behalf of a sporting celebrity like this before and clearly that had added some value to the lots," he said.

"Sports memorabilia is a very popular market and signed shirts are the kind of items you can't really put a price on, but there were also some very quirky lots in there too.

"There were more than 1,800 vinyl records, DJ decks and a customised Vauxhall Astra van, which attracted a lot of interest and sold for a very reasonable price."

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Image caption A customised van, a chainsaw and a sculpture of a I Love NY mug were all auctioned

The lots also included a chainsaw, an exercise bicycle, a Korg synthesiser, a giant I Love NY mug sculpture and three flat screen televisions.

The star, who now plays for and manages Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League, won 53 England caps during a career that also saw spells at Watford, Bristol City and Bournemouth.

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