The final lot of the day generated the largest bid as Hunt Auctions wrapped up the annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction Saturday. A circa-1952 Jackie Robinson professional model bat originating from the original recipient who received it from a Brooklyn Dodgers clubhouse employee, sold for $161,o00–crushing the pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$100,000.
It was the first time the bat had been offered at auction, having resided in the collection of the original recipient since the 1950s.
An early 1930s Lou Gehrig pro model bat sourced from a relative of a Washington D.C. area bat boy in the period sold for $138,000 earlier in the day. The bat had been graded PSA/DNA 8 out of 10 and attracted numerous bidders due to the rarity and the desirability of Gehrig professional model bats.
“The prices attained for the Gehrig and Robinson bats are a testament not only to the iconic status of the two players but to the resounding legacy that the Louisville Slugger Museum venue provides.” said David Hunt President, Hunt Auctions.
Other notable highlight items included a Babe Ruth autographed model bat ($34,500), Joe Frazier fight worn robe ($34,500), and a Willie Stargell professional model bat at $10,350.
“After a dozen years of memorable moments, Hunt Auctions keeps them coming,” said Anne Jewell, VP and Executive Director of the Museum. “We are thrilled with another day of dramatic bidding to cap-off this special weekend which also featured Andre Dawson receiving our Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award. We’re already looking forward to next year.”
Hunt Auctions’ next live auction event will take place at the Super Bowl 50 NFL Experience in San Francisco, CA which will include the personal collection of Hall of Fame member Gale Sayers. Consignments are currently being accepted. For more details about the auction or the appraisal fair leading up to the auction, visit Hunt Auctions’ website or call 610.524.0822.