posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 02:20 PM
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."