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Babe Ruth jersey auctioned for $4.4 million, becomes most expensive sports memorabilia ever

May 20, 2012

On Sunday, the memorabilia auction house Lelands.com bid a record-breaking $4,415,658 for the earliest jersey worn by Babe Ruth known to still exist, a circa 1920 New York Yankees road model he wore in his first season after coming over from the Red Sox. The jersey’s price surpassed the $4,338,500 paid in 2010 for Dr. James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball — called the “Bible of Basketball” — making Ruth’s the most expensive sports memorabilia in history.

 
 

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