“It’s a high-profile person buying from another high-profile person,” he said.
The final sale price is also currently unknown. The 8,545-square-foot mansion originally hit the market at $12.5 million in 2016, when Ripken, who now lives full time in Annapolis, Md., and ex-wife, Kelly, finalized their divorce. The estate, which boasts an indoor basketball court, baseball field, batting cages and an 11-seat movie theater, had its price cut last year, dropping to $9.7 million. DeCaro Auctions listed the auction in February.
“I think it was on the market for a while, and they figured they would have more success at auction,” DeCaro said.
According to Baltimore Business Journal, which originally reported the sale, Ripken was at the auction to greet potential buyers.