New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth’s baseball glove sells at auction for a staggering $1.53 MILLION, breaking the previous record of $387,500
New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth’s baseball glove sold for $1.53 million, breaking the record, at the 19th annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory auction.
The glove was originally given by Ruth to third baseman Jimmy Austin of the St. Louis Browns.
The previous record was $387,500 for a Lou Gehrig glove, which was sold at Sotheby’s in 1999.
Meanwhile, in 2013, a Jackie Robinson glove believed to have been used in both the 1955 and 1956 World Series sold for just over $373,000 by Steiner Sports.
Originally, Hunt’s Auctions, who handled the sale, believed the glove was a vintage Babe Ruth store model when offered for consignment.
However, the authentication process revealed a photo showing Ruth wearing the same model glove with an identical tobacco coloring, proving it was much more.
The baseball glove worn by Babe Ruth sold at auction on Saturday for $1.5 million
American baseball player George Herman Ruth (1895 – 1948) known as ‘Babe’ Ruth.
‘This monumental glove is real’ [one] of the most historic pieces of his medium ever offered at public auction,” said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions.
“My childhood memories with my ‘Uncle Jim’ are very dear to me,” said Susan Kolokoff, niece of Jimmy Austin, in a statement from Hunt Auctions.
“The glove had been boxed up for the past 30 years until we learned the history and heard the great audio recording.”
Jimmy Austin with a baseball bat by his side, standing in front of bleachers on the field in South Side Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1909
The Ruth glove was manufactured by Spalding around 1927-1933 for use by Ruth.
An audio recording from 1964, used in “The Glory of Their Times,” shows Austin discussing the glove and hitting the leather with his hand.
In August, a card by New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle sold for a staggering $12.6 million, making it the most expensive sporting item ever at auction.
The 1952 Mickey Mantle card broke the record for most expensive sports item ever
Mantle was a legend of baseball, playing all 18 seasons of his career with the Yankees
It shattered the previously held record by more than $5 million set earlier this month for a T206 Honus Wagner SGC 2.
Before Heritage Auctions began bidding on July 25, there was speculation that the Mantle relic could fetch more than $10 million.
Two weeks before the bid closed, the 1952 Topps 9.5-class card had already reached $6.35 million – $7.62 million with Buyer’s Premium.
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle No. 311 is one of the most legendary baseball cards of all time and is often referred to as the slugger’s rookie card, although in fact it isn’t, as it was released for the New York Yankees the year after his debut.