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    2008 Michael Phelps Swim Cap Worn as He Won Eighth Olympic Gold Medal. For a brief moment, it appeared that Phelps would only match Mark Spitz' historic seven-Gold Medal performance at the 1972 Munich Games. Aaron Peirsol captured the lead for the United States with a strong backstroke in the 400-meter medley relay, but Brendan Hansen would surrender it in the breaststroke leg, supplying Phelps with the third place position behind Australia and Japan when his butterfly leg began. But by the time Phelps hit the wall 100 meters later, he had turned the tables, staking the US freestyle anchor Jason Lezak to almost a full second headstart over the Australian former world record holder Eamon Sullivan. "I was thinking not to blow the lead," Lezak would tell reporters afterward. "I was really nervous." Sullivan appeared to gain on Lezak in the home stretch, but it was Lezak who would touch the wall first, cementing Phelps' unprecedented eighth Gold Medal and seventh World Record in Beijing.

    Presented is the swim cap worn by Michael Phelps as he finalized the finest individual athletic performance ever rendered in international competition. On a visit to London, Phelps gifted the cap to his British bodyguard whose daughter was in need of expensive medical treatment, suggesting that he auction the cap to raise funds. Phelps expressed to the gentleman that he had likely worn the cap in other Beijing races as well, but he hadn't kept track. He was certain that this was the final race cap, however, and supplied a letter attesting to that fact, which is included. He also signed the American flag on the side of the cap in 10/10 black sharpie. The cap was originally sold in a small British auction, and is being offered by the winning bidder from that sale. It stands as perhaps the most significant competition worn Olympics memorabilia in private hands. Letter of provenance from Michael Phelps. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph on cap and letter of provenance).


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    April, 2011
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
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