They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities.
'Difficult decision'Going under the hammer will be unique football items, including his three World Cup winner's medals, and a one-off Jule
Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions has been chosen to handle the sale, which also includes personal items such as old passports and driving licences.
Pele himself says: "It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me."
International interestMr Nelles says the auction house's "conservative estimate" is that the sale will make £2.5m to £3.5m, but that "the bidding would determine the final price".
Mr Nelles expects a broad spectrum of bidders from football fans and collectors, to sporting museums and business corporations.
He says that as well as interest from the obvious football hotbeds of Europe and South America, there will also be interest from China, Japan and South Korea, Dubai and other Gulf states, and the US, Canada and Mexico.