The world number one claimed his third world title against all the odds, having trailed Higgins 10-4 at one point on Sunday evening.
But a dominant Bank Holiday Monday performance saw Selby overcome four-time world champion Higgins, who at 41 was bidding to become the oldest winner since Ray Reardon won in 1978 aged 45.
Having trailed 10-7 overnight, Selby won the Monday afternoon session 6-1 to move 13-11 ahead, and despite a spirited effort from Higgins – which featured a controversial moment in frame 31 - the reigning champion closed out the stunning victory.
Selby now joins John Spencer (1969, 1971 and 1977) as a three-time champion, with Higgins’ tally of four (1998, 2007, 2009, 2011) very much in the 33-year-old’s sights.
The ‘Jester from Leicester’ carried on the momentum that saw him win the final three frames on Sunday by claiming the opening two on Monday afternoon.
This five-frame run was eventually ended by Higgins, but Selby then won two exhausting frames to level the scores at 11-11.
And 10 years on from their epic Crucible showdown – which saw Higgins prevail 18-13 at 00:54am in the latest finish in final history – the rematch appeared to be heading for another post-midnight finish.
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