The Associated Press reports that a pocketwatch owned by Babe Ruth sold for $650,108 at an auction in Southern California.
SCP Auctions said Sunday that the watch was from the 25th anniversary celebration in 1948 of the opening of Yankee Stadium. The stadium came to be dubbed “The House That Ruth Built” because of the number of fans the baseball legend drew to the venue.
SCP also auctioned off a game-worn Los Angeles Dodgers jersey autographed by Sandy Koufax for $268,664 and Satchel Paige’s 1971 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ring for $259,642, “a world record for a baseball-related ring,” the AP reports.
In all, more than 1,000 sports-memorabilia items fetched $4.5 million, SCP said.
Paying more than $650,000 for a watch may seem like a lot, but it isn’t remotely close to the amount someone shelled out for a jersey worn by the Bambino. In 2012, someone ponied up $4,415,658 for that, “a record for any item of sports memorabilia,” Sports Illustrated reported.