"Since announcing the sale of Sir Roger Bannister's running shoes, we have received a great deal of interest from across the globe," Kate Summers, head of sale for the "Out of the Ordinary" auction, said in a news release on Thursday.
Bannister entered the record books when he ran the mile in just 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds in Oxford, England. The record has since been broken many times, but his ground-breaking run remains etched in sporting memory.
Bannister started his running career as a medical student at the University of Oxford in 1946, just after the end of World War II, and went on to become a distinguished neurologist. The Briton plans to give part of the proceeds from the shoe sale to the Autonomic Charitable Trust, "which encourages the area of neurological research to which I have devoted most of my life."