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    1929 Helen Wills French Open Ladies' Singles Championship Medal. A four-time French Open Ladies' Singles Champion in the five editions of the tournament between 1928 and 1932, Wills claimed her second victor's medal in 1929, defeating International Tennis Hall of Famer Simone Mathieu in straight sets in the Final. This silver medal awaited her at the awards ceremony, featuring a crowned Victory figure and the words "Ville de Paris" at obverse, and text announcing, "Departement de la Seine, Federation Francaise de Lawn-Tennis, Championnats Internationaux de France, 1929, Simple Dames, Miss H. Wills" on reverse. Rim is stamped "Argent" (translation: Silver). Diameter is two inches. Minor tarnishing otherwise no faults to note. Housed in original case with Paris city seal on lid.

    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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