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    1923 Helen Wills The Wightman Cup Championship Gold Medal. This first edition of the annual women's team tennis competition between the U.S. and Great Britain was dubbed "The Wightman Cup" after founder Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, one of the contestants on the American side. The hosts swept all seven contests, with Wills claiming two of those victories, each in straight sets, against Kitty McKane Godfree (who she would lose to the following year in the Wimbledon Finals, then avenge that loss in the 1925 U.S. Open) and Mabel Clayton. The obverse of the medal features patriotic eagle and shield imagery along with laurels and crossed racquets, with text announcing "United States Lawn Tennis Association." Reverse is engraved, "First International Team Match for Women, England versus United States, West Side Tennis Club, August 11, 1923, Helen Wills." Medal measures one and a half inches in diameter and is stamped "14K" at bottom. Fine condition.

    The Helen Wills Collection

    Charlie Chaplin once proclaimed the most beautiful sight he'd ever seen as, "the movement of Helen Wills playing tennis." Though Wills tennis resume is all but unequaled in the history of the sport, with thirty-one Grand Slam titles including nineteen for Women's Singles at the U.S. Championships, Wimbledon and the French Open, she maintained an uneasy relationship with her fame. Single-minded in her pursuit of excellence, Wills earned the nicknames of "Little Miss Poker Face" and "Queen Helen" for her stoic demeanor, which many read as haughtiness. But Wills would explain, "I had one thought and that was to put the ball across the net. I was simply myself, too deeply concentrated on the game for any extraneous thought." Clearly few have ever done that better. The collection that follows serves as unimpeachable evidence of the fact, and all lots make their auction debut here, saved by our consignor from the trash heap upon Wills' passing in 1998.


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