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Fan spends £1080 on rare Ibrox seat

A RARE seat from Ibrox Stadium, dating back to the 1920s, fetched more than three times what auctioneers had expected when it went under the hammer last night.

Seat number 258 was snapped up for £1080 by a lifelong Rangers fan, far in excess of the £300 predicted by McTear’s Auctioneers.

The seat, which is built of cast iron and oak, was retrieved during major upgrading works to Ibrox in the 1970s. It is understood very few of the seats are still in existence and auctioneers at McTear’s were inundated with inquiries about the lot ahead of last night’s sale.

The seat was bought by Rangers fan Darrin Gibb from Motherwell.

He said: “I saw it earlier in the week and thought I would come along to the auction. I have been a Rangers fan since I was a boy and I always wanted a seat at Ibrox. Now I’ve got one for life.”

The seat’s previous owner, who brought it to McTear’s, asked to remain anonymous.

However, the auctioneers recognised that it was a rare and unusual piece of sports memorabilia.

Brian Clements, managing director at McTear’s, said: “McTear’s has established a reputation for selling interesting and much sought after sports memorabilia but this is the first stadium seat we have put up for auction.

“The seat is associated with an important period in Rangers history and we were not surprised that it attracted so much attention prior to the sale. There was some fierce bidding on the night and we are delighted that it made such a good price.”

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