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Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup banner head to auction

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(Leslie Hindman Auctioneers) (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (Associated Press) -

A 52-year-old original Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner is heading to back to the auction block.

The Southtown Star reports the banner from 1961 once hung from the rafters at the old Chicago Stadium, before the owner of a suburban Chicago sports bar bought it an auction in 1994.

It's set to return to the auction block again on Tuesday. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers says bidding should go quickly.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1. The team was led by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Today a replica of the banner hangs in the United Center.

The auction house says the 12-foot-long banner's in good shape, with only a few stains.

The opening bid starts at $15,000.

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