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Monday 18 December 2017

Best's ex fights family over his first boots

GEORGE Best's ex-wife Alex is set for a showdown with his family over his first pair of football boots.

It is thought that the boots have been kept in a London bank vault which is to be opened next month.

Alex Best has been ordered by a court to reveal the items stored by the Nat West Bank before March 6.

The 40-year-old has so far refused to give up details on the box, except to confirm that the items inside were of great sentimental and financial value, and that she hoped to pass them on to her ex-husband's son Calum (31).

However, the ownership of the contents of the large blue trunk has been questioned, and it has now emerged that George's first professional boots are being kept at the Kings Road bank, in the prestigious Chelsea, London.

"There's no great mystery about the trunk except that the bank is claiming there's some ambiguity over the actual ownership of it," a source said. "The records do not appear to be complete or particularly clear."

George's sister Barbara McNarry recalled how the he had been enthralled by the boots when he got them, aged 14: "He thought they were the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen and the best gift he'd ever been given."

The sporting legend died aged 59 in 2005 from a liver-related infection, following years of battles with alcohol.

Mrs McNarry, who is the sole beneficiary of her brother's estate, has been locked in a legal battle with Alex over ownership of his belongings.

She wants to gather the items for the Manchester United museum and raise funds for the George Best Foundation.

Alex, who was divorced from Best 18 months before he died, wanted to auction 52 items last week and share the estimated proceeds with his son Calum.

However, Ms McNarry won a High Court injunction preventing the sale of all but 11 of the lots.

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