Babe Ruth is still the king in sports memorabilia, if not in baseball’s record books. Two items of clothing worn by the New York Yankees’ slugger brought record prices at auction over the weekend.
The earliest known Yankees jersey worn by Ruth, circa 1920, brought more than $4.42 million, according to SPC Auctions. That tops the $4.34 million paid for James Naismith’s 1891 typed list of the rules of basketball in 2010.
Ruth’s 1934 Yankees cap set a record for a cap by bringing in $537,278.
Lelands.com says it submitted the winning bid of $4,415,658 for the jersey, which had been on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. Lelands, according to spokeswoman Suzan French, intends to sell the jersey privately.
Ruth’s cap was owned by former Yankees pitcher David Wells, who bought it for $35,000 and wore it for an inning in a 1997 game. He sold it to raise money to renovate his San Diego high school field.
A bat used by Ruth during the 1920s sold for $591,007.
The Super Bowl XXV ring of Lawrence Taylor, sold by his son T.J., brought $230,401.
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