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Watch that clocked Sir Roger Bannister goes up for auction

May 05, 2015

The timepiece that captured the iconic moment in sporting history back in 1954 is expected to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 at Sotheby's

By David Aspinall, The Mirror

One of the stopwatches that timed Sir Roger Bannister as he beat the four-minute Mile is to go under the hammer.

The silver Swiss-made chronometer was used by timekeeper W J Burfitt during the record-breaking run, back in 1954.

On Wednesday 6th May, it will be 61 years since Sir Roger broke the four-minute barrier at Iffley Road in Oxford - managing it in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

The watch is expected to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 when it is sold by Graham Budd Auctions.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said: "This is a really exciting piece to offer.

"Sir Roger's record might have been broken since but it is still an incredible moment in sporting history.

"It is something that transcends sport as it was - and still is - such an impressive feat of human strength."

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