Most auctions involving items from a Hall of Famer include game-used equipment, cards and maybe some autographs. Not this one. In Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, fans and the curious got to actually go to the late great Harmon Killebrew’s home and bid on his shirts, books, cookware and yes, some baseball memorabilia. The Killebrew auction was a local affair, although bidding was available online.
A company called AZ Auctionman handled the sale, which drew more than 500 people plus around 150 online and phone bidders. There were no minimum bids but a 13% buyer’s premium was added to each item.
Killebrew died at age 74 last May after a bout with esophageal cancer.
Among the 714 lots on the block were Killebrew’s golf equipment, scattered awards and plaques, several groups of Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins from the 1950s through the 200s, numerous autographed Killebrew bats, a few batting practice type jerseys and undershirts that it appears may have been worn during guest coaching appearances, a glove, signed baseballs including one with autographs of Hank Aaron and Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh and books signed by well-known figures from sports and beyond including Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Final prices weren’t available online but a book signed by golf legend Bobby Jones sold for $400 according to one local media report, while other items brought more than expected.
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