As the auction site Lelands.com continues to take bids for the championship ring that was given to Jim Brown after the Cleveland Browns won the 1964 title, the former NFL star claims the ring was stolen from him.
Brown told the St. Pau Pioneer Press on Monday that he hasn’t seen the ring in more than 40 years:
“It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s. I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up.’’
As of late Monday night there were four bids for the ring, and the highest bid was $33,275. The bidding for the ring closes on July 25.
The ring was obtained directly from a Brown immediate family member and sold by Lelands.com in 1998. During that original auction preview, Jim Brown himself inspected the ring and acknowledged its authenticity.
The Browns shut out the Baltimore Colts, 27-0, to win the 1964 NFL championship in front of 79,000 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.