The bat and hundreds of other items from the late Hall of Famer’s career were sold by his family during the second day of the MLB All-Star FanFest sale in Miami conducted by Hunt Auctions. In all, six Clemente items sold for over $300,000 including the 17.5% buyer’s premium.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward continuing the family’s charitable endeavors.
His home uniform from the 1960 World Series, won by the Pirates on Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic homer in Game 7 at Forbes Field, sold for $411,250. It included not only the cream-colored vest but also the pants and stirrups. A 1966 road jersey netted $199,750.
Clemente’s two World Series rings drew strong interest as well with his 1971 edition selling for $381,875 and the 1960 model bringing $352,500. The 1971 Dodge Charger given to Clemente for winning the World Series MVP award, sold for $105,500.
A second silver bat, dating to his 1964 batting title, soared to $305,500.
“Bidders from all over the United States and several other countries escalated the final bid prices to record levels,” said Hunt Auctions’ President David Hunt. “The passion exhibited by the auction bidding serves as clear evidence that Roberto Clemente’s legacy is as vibrant as ever most notably as a generational humanitarian figure.”
Items in the Clemente catalog, which included everything from the major awards to his drivers’ license and personal electric massage machine, were sold just hours before the 2017 All-Star Game.
“This is something that shows the love and respect from fans after all these years, so thank you. This is a great gift. He played for the love of the game and the fans that paid their hard earned money to attend the games. He represented the hard working class, and gave his all for them. This is a way to give back for all of the generous support they have given us for more than forty years,” said Roberto Clemente Jr., son of Roberto Clemente.
Day One of the sale included other historic baseball memorabilia including a Babe Ruth game model bat signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig, which sold for $458,250.
In all, the two-day auction tallied $7.5 million according to Hunt Auctions.