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George Best's shirt nets double the estimate at £17,000

By Dick Barton

A shirt worn by a teenage George Best for a Northern Ireland match more than half a century ago has sold for £17,000 at auction - more than double the sum expected.

The green short-sleeved jersey was worn by 18-year-old Best when he played for Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland at Windsor Park on October 14, 1964.

Northern Ireland won the match 1-0 thanks to a Johnny Crossan penalty.

Afterwards, Best gave the shirt to Man Utd colleague Noel Cantwell in exchange for one of Cantwell's Republic of Ireland shirts, and Cantwell treasured the Best shirt for the rest of his life.

Yesterday, Best's shirt from the match sold for £17,000 at Graham Budd Auctions in London. It had been predicted to fetch somewhere between £5,000 and £8,000.

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