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Baseball: Babe Ruth deal tops $1m in sale

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posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 02:20 PM
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A 1919 contract that took baseball legend Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the rival New York Yankees has sold for almost $US1 million ($1.3 million) at auction. Introduced by Sotheby's auction house as the most important sporting document in history, the contract was bought by Pete Siegel, a US collectibles trader and Yankees fan. Siegel, 48, paid $US996,000 ($1.3 million) after fierce bidding in New York.

"I'm glad (actor) Ben Affleck wasn't bidding against me," he said. The Hollywood star is an avid Boston fan.

"I would have paid more. I don't care how much someone offers me, it is not for sale.

"It is probably one of the most important documents, not only in sporting history. It is an historical jewel, a diamond."

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