Bidding for a 1927 World Series ring attributed to Babe Ruth and a copy of the infamous document that finalized his sale to the Yankees in 1919 sold for more than $4 million combined early Saturday in a Lelands auction.
The Ruth sale document originated in the estate of Jacob Ruppert, who owned the Yankees during Ruth’s time. It soared to $2,303,920. The Boston copy, owned by the family of former team owner Harry Frazee, sold for $996,000 in 2004.
Actor Charlie Sheen confirmed to ESPN Monday that he was the owner of both items in the Lelands sale, although that wasn’t much of a secret. In an interview five years ago, Sheen discussed both pieces and he’s never been shy about showing it to visitors at his home. Sheen and Lelands owner Josh Evans have been friends for years. Evans said he acquired the ring from the collection of Barry Halper, who claimed to have purchased it from Ruth’s widow Claire in the 1970s.
Sheen told ESPN his Ruth memorabilia was “meticulously framed” and the centerpiece of the bar area at his southern California home, a spot he named after the Bambino.
Other items in the auction included a game-worn 1955 Sandy Koufax jersey which sold for over $667,000 and the ball that made Pete Rose the all-time hits leader with 4,192 which brought $403,657.
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