Former Essendon Bomber James Hird in one of his iconic long-sleeved jerseys.
Former Essendon Bomber James Hird in one of his iconic long-sleeved jerseys. STUART MCEVOY

Hird auction tipped to draw crowd

AUSSIE RULES: A big turnout has been tipped on August 15 as a bounty of Essendon great James Hird's prized possessions is auctioned in Armadale.

Hird is selling his 2001 grand final runners-up medal and the short-sleeve jumper he wore in the match, a playing jumper from his 1996 Brownlow Medal year and one of his first playing jumpers from his debut season, which sports the No.49.

The Brownlow year jumper from 1996 has a starting price of $3500 and is expected to fetch up to $10,000 while the 2001 grand final medal has an opening bid price of $2000 and could go for upwards of $4000 when the items go under the hammer at auctioneer house Mossgreen on August 15.

The auction will also feature the three Brownlow Medals won by Essendon great Dick Reynolds in 1934, 1937 and 1938. The starting bid for the medals is $180,000.

Several of Hird's iconic long-sleeve jumpers are also for sale as well as training gear, football boots and footballs.

You can also own Hird's outfit from the 2000 international rules series against Ireland which includes tracksuit top and pants as well as a casual jumper, jacket, training shorts and cap. The starting price is $100.

A live auction will take place at Mossgreen's showroom in High St, Armadale, but buyers can also bid online.

Hird isn't offloading his Brownlow Medal or the Norm Smith Medal won for best-on-ground in Essendon's 2000 grand final victory over Melbourne. None of his 2000 premiership winning gear is being sold.

"There has been a lot of interest,” Mossgreen's Ben Goller said of the Hird and Reynolds collections.

Former Essendon player and coach James Hird is having a clear out of memorabilia from his Toorak home.
Former Essendon player and coach James Hird is having a clear out of memorabilia from his Toorak home. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

"Obviously (Hird's) not selling some of the more important personal items to him like his Brownlow. Otherwise I think he was just after a bit of a clear out.

"We're expecting a bigger turnout (on auction day) than usual given these two collections. People are particularly keen on the stuff that's been worn by players.

"All of those jumpers that were worn by him, the ones that were sort of at the peak of his career, will get the most attention I think.”

Hird has been building his Cacao Hunters chocolate business since leaving football in the wake of the Essendon supplements scandal, which saw him suspended as Bombers coach for 12 months.

Hird returned to take the reins in 2015 but resigned later in the season.

Hird has been invited to present the Norm Smith Medal at this year's grand final.


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