Roger Bannister’s sub 4-minute mile spikes sell for £266,892

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The running spikes worn by Roger Bannister when he became the first person to run a sub four-minute mile have sold at auction for $412,000 (£266,892.97). The shoes, which were sold at Christie's Auction House, were expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.

86-year-old Bannister said "I think it’s the right time to part with them and I plan to give part of the proceeds to the Autonomic Charitable Trust, which encourages the area of neurological research to which I have devoted most of my life. Other worthwhile causes in which I have an interest will also benefit."

The shoes were hand-made by Charles Law of GT Law and Son of Wimbledon Park in London from black kangaroo leather, and were significantly lighter than other running shoes of the time.