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Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Ruth’s 1918 Red Sox Contract Sells For One Million Dollars

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At an auction in Baltimore, Md., Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract with the Boston Red Sox was sold for $1.02 million on Saturday night. When it was originally sold almost 100 years ago, the deal was worth just $5,000.
The contract was signed by American League president Ban Johnson, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, and Ruth himself. The price tag eclipsed the record for a bidding price of a sports contract, surpassing the 1919 document that sent Ruth to the New York Yankees, which sold for $996,000 back in 2005.
The item was part of a collection of Ruth memorabilia, designed to honor the 100th anniversary of his professional debut. Other items included a bat from early in his career and a signed ball, both of which fetched more than $95,000. One of the more intriguing items, the very first home run ball Ruth ever hit at Yankee Stadium, did not sell. The ball was collected by a construction worker when Ruth was called over to test out the dimensions of the new ballpark in February of 1923.
Other items that were up for auction on Saturday included ticket stubs from the clinching game of each of New York’s 27 championship years ($58,000) and a Super Bowl VIII ring from the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season ($19,000).
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Vintage Apple-1 Sells for $671,000

Vintage Apple-1 Sells for $671,000

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(COLOGNE, Germany) — The $10,000 gold-plated iPad has a rival in the battle of most expensive Apple computer of the year. Over the weekend, one of the first Apple-1 computers created by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and St…

Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells for Record $2.1 Million

Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells for Record $2.1 Million

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The most sought-after and valuable baseball card ever made, the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card, sold for a record-breaking $2.1 million in an online auction on Saturday morning.
The card was being auctioned by Goldin Auctions, …

Signed Iconic Beatles Album Auctioned for $290,500

Signed Iconic Beatles Album Auctioned for $290,500

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A copy of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album autographed by all four band members has shattered expectations at auction.The iconic album was sold Saturday for $290,500 by…

Letters from ‘Lost’ Marilyn Monroe, Angry John Lennon Headline Auction

Letters from ‘Lost’ Marilyn Monroe, Angry John Lennon Headline Auction

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A letter from a “lost” Marilyn Monroe to mentor Lee Strasberg and one from an irritated John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney are among the hundreds of historical objects set to be auctioned on May 30.I…

Napoleon and Josephine’s Engagement Ring Sells for Nearly $1 Millionn

Napoleon and Josephine’s Engagement Ring Sells for Nearly $1 Millionn

Osenat(FONTAINBLEAU, France) — The engagement ring that a young Napoleon bought for his fiancée Josehine sold at an auction house outside of Paris for nearly $1 million on Sunday.
The Osenat auction house sold the ring to a bidder who wanted to…

Rare Australian Coin Fetches Record Sale Price

Rare Australian Coin Fetches Record Sale Price

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — One of the first coins ever used as Australian domestic currency was sold this week for the U.S. equivalent of about $508,000, setting a new world record, the auctioneer said.The price set a record for sa…

“Miracle on Ice” Jersey Sells for Almost $660K

“Miracle on Ice” Jersey Sells for Almost $660K

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The jersey hockey player Mike Eruzione wore 33 years ago in the United States’ win over the more experienced Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics has sold for over half a million dollars. The jersey that Eruzione wore duri…

JFK Items Set for Presidential Auction

JFK Items Set for Presidential Auction

Library Of Congress/Getty Images(AMESBURY, Mass.) — More than 650 pieces of memorabilia of former President John F. Kennedy will be auctioned on Sunday. The items are from the estate of David F. Powers, special assistant to Kennedy and the first curat…

Diana Photo Mystery Man Revealed

Diana Photo Mystery Man Revealed

Caren Archive(LONDON) — The mystery of the young man sitting beside the late Diana Spencer in a photo apparently prohibited it from being published has been solved.
The man in photo is Adam Russell, the great-grandson of former Prime Minister Stanley…

"Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings" Treasures Bring "Titanic" Prices at Auction

"Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings" Treasures Bring "Titanic" Prices at Auction

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Some extremely valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia generated big bucks at an auction over the weekend.
“Profile in History’s Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction” put pieces like an extremely rare X-Wing …

Florida Man to ‘Sublet’ Last Name for a Year

Florida Man to ‘Sublet’ Last Name for a Year

Laura Evans Photography/Facebook(NEW YORK) — What’s in a name?  Potentially, a lot of money.That’s what Jason Sadler believes, and it’s the reason he is auctioning off his last name at the aptly named website Buymylastname.com.&…

Photo of Iceberg That Sank the Titanic Up for Sale

Photo of Iceberg That Sank the Titanic Up for Sale

Universal History Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An auction house is selling a black and white photo of the iceberg that experts say the Titanic struck shortly before it sank on its maiden voyage.The photo was taken on April 12, 1912, two days befor…

Paintings and Rare Diamond Sell at Auction for Millions

Paintings and Rare Diamond Sell at Auction for Millions

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — You may still be counting pennies while the economy slowly recovers, but some folks are confident enough to spend millions on fine art and diamonds.  A painting by abstract artist Mark Rothko was sold…

Mick Jagger’s Love Letters to Be Auctioned

Mick Jagger’s Love Letters to Be Auctioned

Tom Hanley/Redferns/Getty Images(LONDON) — Love letters revealing a hot and heavy affair between Mick Jagger and the woman who is said to have inspired the Rolling Stones classic “Brown Sugar” are set to be auctioned in London next month.M…

Texas Couple Auctioning Football Card to Pay for IVF

Texas Couple Auctioning Football Card to Pay for IVF

ABC News(HOUSTON) — A Texas couple hope the auction of a one-of-a-kind football card will fund a final attempt at in vitro fertilization, a goal that the NFL Hall of Famer on the card fully supports.Todd and Ula Nelkin of Houston have been trying to h…

Cabbage Patch Kids Go Presidential with Obamas, Romney, Biden, Ryan Dolls

Cabbage Patch Kids Go Presidential with Obamas, Romney, Biden, Ryan Dolls

Cabbage Patch Kids / Jakks Pacific Inc.(NEW YORK) — Move over Barack Obama action figure, there’s a new presidential toy in town. Instead of bad-guy fighting plastic prowess, this Obama-inspired doll sports a soft suit, graying hair and the roun…

First Apple Computer, Apple 1, Could Sell for $130,000

First Apple Computer, Apple 1, Could Sell for $130,000

Tom Munnecke/Getty Images(LONDON) — Apple manufactures some of the world’s most coveted computers and gadgets, and now, you can own one of the originals for a hefty chunk of change. On Tuesday, Christie’s auction house in London is selling an Apple 1 …

Daniel Craig’s 007 Swim Trunks Fetch $72,000 at Auction

Daniel Craig’s 007 Swim Trunks Fetch $72,000 at Auction

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(LONDON) — The swim trunks that Daniel Craig wore as James Bond in his first 007 film, Casino Royale, sold for almost $72,000 at a charity auction in London on Friday, the BBC reports.Actress Judi Dench, w…

Rare 1943 Penny Sells for $1 Million

Rare 1943 Penny Sells for $1 Million

PCGS(NEW YORK) — A 1943 Lincoln penny that soared in value because it was made from the “wrong” material reportedly has sold for $1 million.The penny was erroneously made of bronze instead of zinc-coated steel at the San Francisco Mint, according to U…

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