Maradona's Debts: No Buyers For His Luxurious Assets - Auction Extended

The auction sale of assets that belonged to the late soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, organized to pay off his debts, was extended on Monday by ten days.

The decision comes, according to AFP, after the auction attracted modest interest on Sunday, leaving many items without a buyer, including a house and two BMW cars owned by Maradona - "El Pibe de Oro".

The organizer of the auction, the Adrian Mercado company, announced in a statement that it had authorized "for the next ten days any legal entity, person, or company wishing to bid for the vacant lots may do so".

The extension, the officials explained, is related to the number of interested persons, in Argentina or abroad, "who failed to register for the sale before the agreed date".

The Auction Was A Failure

Nearly 90 lots offered in this international online auction, held on Sunday at a hotel in Buenos Aires, which included various goods such as ties, hats, sports shoes, a house, two BMW cars, a box of cigars, and televisions were offered for sale for prices ranging from $50,000 to $900,000.

In total, the sale only raised $26,000, with goods worth an overall $1.42 million going unclaimed.

These include a 700 m2 house with a swimming pool that Maradona bought in the 1980s from his parents in the residential district of Villa Devoto in Buenos Aires, where they lived for almost 30 years, and an apartment in the seaside resort of Mar del Plata.

Which Of Maradona's Assets Were Sold

The most coveted lot was a painting by an Argentine artist depicting Maradona as half-player, half-angel, wrapped in the Argentine flag, and titled "Between Fiorito and the Sky" (the name of Villa Fiorito, the neighborhood where the Argentine legend grew up). The painting sold for $2,150.

A photograph of Maradona with former Cuban President Fidel Castro, with whom he was very close, having lived in Cuba for many years, went to Dubai for $1,600.

Although the sale, which lasted three hours, began in earnest with bids for the star's Napoli and Argentina national team jerseys, the interest quickly faded despite the participation of about 1,500 people, from South America, Europe and Dubai.

The Auction Is Ment To Pay Maradona's Debts

The decision to organize this auction was taken by judge Luciana Tedesco and it will be conducted with the consent of the heirs of the former soccer superstar. The winnings generated will be used to pay the debts and expenses of the former great champion and will not be divided between the heirs.

Diego Armando Maradona died on November 25, 2020. Cause of death: cardiopulmonary arrest in his home in Tigre.

The sudden death of probably the greatest soccer player of all time, Maradona - who died of a heart attack at just 60 years old - did not go unnoticed. Seven people in the medical field have been charged and are awaiting trial.

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