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Blackhawks' 1961 Stanley Cup banner sells for $38K

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:52 p.m. CDT
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FILE - In this April 16, 1961 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' Bobby Hull, left, and Jack Evans flank the Stanley Cup in their dressing room in Detroit after defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the Cup. A 52-year-old original Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner has sold at an auction for $37,500. The Southtown Star reports the 12-foot-long banner fetched more than expected during Tuesday night's, July 16, 2013, five-minute-long auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago. (AP Photo/File)

NORTHBROOK (AP) — A 52-year-old original Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner has sold at an auction for $37,500.

The Southtown Star reports (http://bit.ly/12JHB8w ) the 12-foot-long banner fetched more than expected during Tuesday night's five-minute-long auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago.

The banner from 1961 once hung from the rafters at the old Chicago Stadium, before the owner of a suburban Chicago sports bar bought it an auction in 1994 for $15,000. It's been in hanging in the bar ever since.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1. The team was led by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Today a replica of the banner hangs in the United Center.

The auction house says the 12-foot-long banner is in good shape, with only a few stains.

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