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    1931 Helen Wills Moody U.S. Open Ladies' Singles Championship Gold Medal. The victor's prize for the legendary tennis player's last of seven victories in this nation's most illustrious tournament. The twenty-five year old Moody was dominant in her final round match against Eileen B. Whitingstall, winning 6-4, 6-1 to capture the title. This gorgeous gold-plated medal was her prize for the Championship, the obverse featuring a winged victory in relief, crossed tennis racquets and raised text announcing, "U.S. Lawn Tennis Association Golden Jubilee, 1881-1931." Reverse reads, "Winner of National Championship" with engraved "Mrs. Helen Wills Moody" below. Maker's imprint on edge of the medal states, "Robbins Co., Attleboro, Sterling." Diameter three inches. Mint, in original velvet-lined case.

    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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