The 1928-1930 Babe Ruth Yankees jersey, auctioned Saturday at $ 5.64 million, broke the record for the most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold.
The gray uniform of the road was one of more than 400 items that Ruth's family and other collectors had provided for the auction at Yankee Stadium. Ruth's granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, said in a statement that part of the proceeds would go to charity.
"The baby is still breaking records! Jersey worn by the icon @mlb and @Yankees Babe Ruth c. 1928-30 sets a world record price of $ 5,640,000 for any sporting event !! The live auction on @yankeestadium still has the mythical Bambino presence, "said Hunts Auctions, who managed the sale.
The previous record for the most expensive sport coin sold was Ruth's 1920s jersey for $ 4,415,658.
"The legacy and importance of Babe Ruth for the game of baseball and American popular culture are unmatched by any other character in the history of this country," said the president of Hunt Auctions, David Hunt, in a statement. "We were very honored by the opportunity offered to our company by the Ruth family to present this previously unknown archive of documents to Babe fans."
"If the record prices recorded today are amazing, I'm not at all surprised by the incredible quality of the materials and the mythical status of Babe in the history of this country," he said. -he adds.
Hunt told Dagen McDowell of FOX Business last week that the road jersey was rare as it was the only time in franchise history that the "Yankees" appeared at the front of the uniform. He predicted that the jersey would be sold for more than $ 4.4 million.
"There are only about six known of any quality. It is this delay [1920s], this era of "murderers" Row, "said Hunt.
"Murderers & Row", nickname of the heart of the Yankees lineup in 1927, included Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri. He is widely regarded as one of the best teams in history.
Julia Limitone of FOX Business and Associated Press contributed to this report.