Published: May 22, 2012
The earliest known jersey worn by New York Yankees Babe Ruth sold for $4,415,658. The jersey set world records in SCP Auctions’ online auction, which concluded on May 20. The winning bidder wishes to remain anonymous at this time, according to the firm.
The circa 1920 Ruth jersey broke multiple sports memorabilia records, including the new record for a sports memorabilia item, surpassing previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 by James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball; most expensive baseball memorabilia ever sold; most expensive Ruth item ever sold; and most expensive game-worn jersey in the history of sports collectibles.
The Ruth jersey had been exhibited for years at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, Md. According to baseball-reference.com, the bid for this jersey is more than Ruth’s 22-year career earnings of $911,000. ‼i>WD
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