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David Beckham and Roy Keane’s first ever Man Utd contracts set to fetch huge sum at auction in never-before-seen sale

DAVID BECKHAM and Roy Keane’s first Manchester United contracts are among the incredible list of memorabilia set to fetch huge sums at an auction.

The other items include various signed shirts and team photos, programmes, tickets, pennants and even trophies.

David Beckham and Roy Keane's Manchester United contracts are going under auction

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David Beckham and Roy Keane’s Manchester United contracts are going under auctionCredit: Getty
The original Eric Cantona paperwork will also be available to bidders

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The original Eric Cantona paperwork will also be available to biddersCredit: James and Sons Auctioneers

They will go under the hammer with an online auction next Tuesday, hosted by Norfolk-based James and Sons Auctioneers.

Head auctioneer David James expects the sale to be a “huge success”.

He said: “Many programmes sell for £100 to £500 or more. Our record price is £6,500 for one early programme. 

“It seems these things are making an astronomical amount of money at the moment.

“There is lots of Man Utd ephemera and correspondence from Sir Matt Busby. You’ll never see it again on sale.”

The collection was owned by a friend of ex-United boss Busby but is now going to be up for grabs for United-supporting collectors.

The pick of the items is No170, a collection of six Beckham United contracts, including the first one he signed as a 15-year-old schoolboy in 1991 right up to his final deal from 2002.

James and Sons are expecting to sell the paperwork for around £10,000.

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The original fax from Real Madrid of Beckham’s transfer from United is also going on sale, as are a host of other contracts.

That includes those of Keane when he arrived from Nottingham Forest in 1993 and Eric Cantona a year earlier – both likely to go for £7,000-plus.

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Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Henrik Larsson, John O’Shea and Gerard Pique all have their deals in the auction.

Finally, there is also a copy of an unsigned and undated letter from Sir Alex Ferguson to Keane thanking him for his twelve-and-a-half years of service to Manchester United following his exit to Celtic.

Programmes and other memorabilia from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and other clubs will also be up for grabs – as well as pieces of history from golf, tennis and boxing.

Sir Alex Ferguson landed Eric Cantona in a mega transfer from Leeds

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Sir Alex Ferguson landed Eric Cantona in a mega transfer from LeedsCredit: PA:Press Association
This signed team photo from 1974 could go for around £700

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This signed team photo from 1974 could go for around £700Credit: James and Sons Auctioneers

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