The earliest known uniform worn by New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth was sold at auction for $4.4 million. This amount breaks the record for any item of sports memorabilia according to both buyer and seller.
His jersey sale beat out the $4.3 million that was paid in 2010 for James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball.
Prior to going up for auction, the jersey was on display for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore.
Lelands.com submitted the winning bid for the jersey. Suzan French, a spokesperson for Lelands.com, said the company plans on selling the jersey privately rather than re-auction it. “Such a spectacular piece will find a home with one of our private clients who truly appreciates its historic significance,” Lelands.com president Michael Heffner stated.
Ruth’s 1934 New York Yankees cap that was owned by former major league pitcher David Wells was also sold for $537,278 at auction.
This just proves that Babe Ruth is the ‘king’ in the sports memorabilia world!