It's not quite the Joe DiMaggio-Marilyn Monroe ball that sold for big bucks not long ago, but it's in the same family. The Twins are offering an official Major League baseball autographed by both reality TV star Kim Kardashian and soon-to-be former husband and Minneapolis, Minnesota native Kris Humphries, who plays for the New Jersey Nets.
“We have as far as we know, a one-of-a-kind item – a baseball with both of their signatures which we believe is best used to raise incremental funds for the good works of the Community Fund,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of public affairs for the Twins.
The baseball up for auction was signed by the ill-fated couple prior to the Friday July 1, 2011 game at Target Field. Kris Humphries threw out a ceremonial first pitch that evening. And, like any good auctioneer, the team offers strong provenance in the form of a photo that actually shows the reality TV/professional celebrity signing the ball in the dugout prior to the game.
After marrying in July of last year, Kardashian filed for divorce just 72 days later. The case is now in court, where Humphries has requested an annulment on the grounds of fraud or a decree of legal separation. The case generated tabloid headlines for weeks.
Fans now have the opportunity to bid on the Humphries-Kardashian baseball from happier times with proceeds benefitting the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Bidding started at $250 but had reached $1,000 by late Tuesday night.
The auction will end on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. CT.