Home Plate: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia

RESULTS | NEW YORK | 16 DECEMBER 2020 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOTAL: $6,545,625

88% SOLD BY LOT | 95% SOLD BY VALUE

Important 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees Professional Model Home Jersey

PRICE REALIZED: $1,440,000

 

New York – Christie’s and Hunt Auctions’ historic sale Home Plate: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia achieved a total of $6,545,625 with 88% sold by lot, 95% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was the important 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees professional model home jersey, which achieved $1,440,000.

Other top results included a scarce and important Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox Era Professional Model Baseball Bat (c. 1916-18) that sold for $600,000 and a highly important Lou Gehrig document archive from Dr. Paul O'Leary of The Mayo Clinic with relation to "ALS: Lou Gehrig Disease" (c.1939-41), which achieved $450,000. The strong selection of vintage baseball cards was led by the 1909-11 T-206 Ty Cobb card which totaled $437,500.

A poignant handwritten letter by Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio written on the reverse of a dry-cleaning receipt circa 1954, sold for $425,000, above its estimate of $50,000-100,000. Eighteen Presidential baseballs signed by 13 U.S. Presidents were led by a rare, Franklin D. Roosevelt-signed ball which sold for $100,000, more than doubling its high estimate. The selection of artefacts from the 1934 All-Star Tour of Japan was led by a significant and very rare 1934 U.S. All-Star Tour of Japan Presentational Display Autographed by United States and Japanese Teams which achieved $50,000.

David Hunt, President Hunt Auctions, comments: “The exceptional prices realized within the Home Plate Collection clearly illustrated the continuing maturation of the sports memorabilia category. Our partnership with Christie’s showcased an unparalleled combination of category experience and industry leadership which equated to a superb auction event of notable significance. I look forward to working with Christie’s in the future on similar special projects.”

Elizabeth Seigel, Head of Sale, Christie’s Private and Iconic Collections, remarks: “We are thrilled at the success of our inaugural partnership with Hunt Auctions, which brought together their specialized knowledge of baseball memorabilia with Christie’s global reach, leading to strong results across a number of key collecting categories.”

 

LOT 15

Scarce and important Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox Era professional model baseball bat, c. 1916–18, (PSA/DNA 9.5)

PRICE REALIZED: $600,000

LOT 87

Highly Important Lou Gehrig Document Archive From Dr. Paul O'Leary Of The Mayo Clinic With Relation to "ALS: Lou Gehrig Disease" (c.1939-41)

PRICE REALIZED: $450,000

LOT 60

1909–11 T-206 Ty Cobb portrait (PSA 8)

PRICE REALIZED: $437,500

 

 

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About Christie’s  

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewelry.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

 

About Hunt Auctions

Exton, Pennsylvania based Hunt Auctions has been a leader in the sports memorabilia auction industry for 30 years.  Numerous former players and their families have trusted their collections with Hunt Auctions including Babe Ruth (HOF), Ted Williams (HOF), Joe DiMaggio (HOF), Roberto Clemente (HOF), Vin Scully (HOF), Brett Favre (HOF), Whitey Ford (HOF), Curt Flood, Gale Sayers (HOF), Tony Dorsett (HOF), Tony Gwynn (HOF), Reggie White (HOF), Randall Cunningham, Joseph Carr (HOF),  Leo Durocher (HOF), Robin Roberts (HOF), Earl Weaver (HOF), Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (HOF), Warren Spahn (HOF), Johnny Bench (HOF), Johnny Unitas (HOF), Clem Labine, Mickey Vernon, Jake Pitler, Thurman Munson, Roy Campanella (HOF), Harmon Killebrew (HOF), Bill Mazeroski (HOF), Kent Tekulve, Steve Blass, Johnny Pesky, Charles “Kid” Nichols (HOF),  Jim Palmer (HOF),  Bucky Walters, Walter Johnson (HOF), Bill McKechnie (HOF), Willie Mosconi, Joe Frazier and Norm Van Brocklin (HOF).  Hunt Auctions is also the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Official Auctioneer of the MLB All-Star PlayBallPark®. Hunt Auctions has worked with numerous institutions to include: National Football League, Philadelphia Phillies®, Pittsburgh Pirates®, Baltimore Orioles®, Boston Red Sox®, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago Bulls, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and Baseball Assistance Team.