posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 03:54 PM
Giants slugger Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball drew a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction. The baseball had received 240
offers by the time Overstock.com closed the bidding. The identity of the new owner, a bidder nicknamed "bomasterj," was not immediately made
Holly MacDonald, vice president of auctions at Overstock.com, said the site's policy is to verify that the highest bidder has the means and intention
to make the purchase before declaring a winner.
The seller, baseball fan Steve Williams, got the ball after a scramble in the bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17 -- a mad dash that may have enriched
him but also landed him in court. Timothy Murphy has sued Williams, saying he should get the ball because he had it locked behind his knees before
Williams swiped it.
A San Francisco judge refused to hold up the sale, freeing Williams to auction it. Murphy is pressing ahead with the lawsuit, seeking the proceeds
from the ball's sale.
Bonds became the first member of the 700-homer club in 31 years. He now has 703 career home runs, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron
In 2001, Bonds' record-setting 73rd homer of the season sparked litigation that ended when a judge ordered two men who claimed ownership to split the
$450,000 the ball fetched. Comic strip creator Todd McFarlane paid $3.2 million for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball in 1999.