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    1927 Helen Wills Wimbledon Ladies' Singles Championship Gold Medal. There's nothing like the first time, so this relic marking the debut of Wills as Wimbledon Champion is arguably the most desirable of them all. She would claim seven more titles in the years to come. Wills met Spanish great Lili de Alvarez in the 1927 Final, claiming a straight-sets 6-2, 6-4 victory. The prize for that victory features a classical victory figure in front of a tennis net at obverse and text on verso announcing, "The Lawn Tennis Championship, Ladies' Singles, Miss Helen Wills, Champion, 1927." Medal measures one and a half inches in diameter and is housed in its original velvet lined case from "Fattorini & Sons Jewellers" of England. Top of the case is embossed in gold, "The Lawn Tennis Championships 1927." 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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