Bidding on Agassi Book Tops $5 Million
The memoir of tennis legend Andre Agassi sparked a bidding war among publishing houses recently. While financial terms were not disclosed, Alfred A. Knopf publishers came away with the rights to the book, which reportedly sold for more than $5 million.
The Associated Press reported that David Hirshey, senior vice president at HarperCollins, one of the publishers that competed for the book, said the deal was more in line with what a former U.S. president would get. “This is White House money,” Hirshey said. “I can’t remember the last time a sports figure got more than 2 million.”
“Andre Agassi is one of the world’s most popular and admired figures,” said Knopf head Sonny Mehta. “He has lived an extraordinary life, and he has a great story to tell — an inspiring story of determination, competition, and what it takes to become one of the greatest athletes of our time. Additionally, he is someone who has chosen to use his success as an instrument for change in the world.”
Agassi’s book is not yet titled and no release date has been set.