How much can Lionel Messi's 'world's most famous napkin' fetch at upcoming auction?

In December 2023, six shirts worn by Messi during Qatar World Cup 2022 auctioned for $7.8 million

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Lionel Messi (left) and his napkin that will go on auction (right). —Reuters/File
Lionel Messi (left) and his napkin that will go on auction (right). —Reuters/File 

Lionel Messi's napkin containing a guarantee of his contract with FC Barcelona will be up for auction soon and is expected to fetch $635,000 in the auction, WION reported.

The napkin, placed under the title "The World's Most Famous Napkin," has been displayed in New York, ahead of the bidding on March 18, to gather interest in the soccer memorabilia. 

The estimated selling price of the napkin is between $380,000 and $635,000. However, the head of fine books and manuscripts at Bonhams New YorkIan Ehling said: "I expect it to sell for much more."

Ehling's expectations aren't unrealistic, as Messi's previously used items have exceeded predictions. In December 2023, a set of six shirts worn by Messi during Argentina's victorious Qatar World Cup campaign in 2022 was auctioned for $7.8 million at Sotheby's.

Messi, who now plays for Inter Miami, is considered one of the greatest soccer players in history. Messi's napkin story has been told several times in his profiles.