The piece of art given to the Sports Illustrated athlete of the year wants to be seen.
Tiffany & Co. in Beverly Hills has it in its window this week, in case you happen to be on Rodeo Drive looking for something that might work as a 10th anniversary gift for your wife or pet collar for your high-end poodle.
L.A. is one stop on a four-city tour — it’ll also be in Chicago (Nov. 9-13), Boston (Nov. 16-20) and New York (Nov. 23-Dec. 1), leading to it being awarded on the first day of December in a lavish party.
(Any early favorites? How about Tim Tebow? The qualifications are quite clear: “It is not for the victory alone that he is honored. Rather, it is for the quality of his effort and the manner of his striving.” Right, so either Tebow or Chad Ochocinco.
The original Sportsman of the Year trophy, a cool replica of a Grecian amphora, was first given to Roger Bannister in 1954 and has been awarded ever since. The new trophy has that Greek amphoria style etched into silver, made at Tiffany’s shop in New Jersey.
Check it out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, plus Friday, or from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Address: 210 N. Rodeo Drive, BH, 90210.
Tiffany has done other trophies as well — oh, like, the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy for the NFL, the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy for the NBA, the MLB’s World Series Championship Trophy .. stuff like that.
This baby weighs nearly 30 pounds and is almost two feet tall. It’s on display usually at the SI headquarters in New York. The one given to the winner is 15 1/2 pounds and is 12 1/2 inches tall, with the person’s name on it. Estimated value: C’mon, you think they need that info out there?