Following Lance Armstrong's doping confessions, Manly Library
in Sydney Australia has removed all Armstrong's books from the nonfiction section and placed them in the fiction section
"All non-fiction Lance Armstrong titles, including Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion
, The Lance Armstrong Performance Program
and Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion
, will soon be moved to the fiction section,'' the sign says — a bit tongue in cheek as there is a smiley face printed on the notice.
The backlash comes after Armstrong confessed
in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had indeed used performance-enhancing drugs.
Although the library sign may be a bit on the humorous side, collectors of Armstrong memorabilia certainly aren't laughing.
According to Sports Memorabilia CEO Michael Fahey
, demand for Armstrong memorabilia has hit an all-time low. Before the doping confessions, a limited edition Armstrong jersey could have fetched as much as $2,000.
"Those who buy memorabilia want to surround themselves with pieces that are symbols of success, and athletes that are admired,'' Fahey said. "They're not qualities that would be associated with Lance at the moment, so it will certainly affect the desirability and resale-ability of those pieces,"