Christies and National Pastime Museum to host major baseball memorabilia sale
Christie's is set to host a landmark sale of baseball memorabilia in conjunction with the National Pastime Museum.
Featuring a treasure trove of important items, including game-used bats, uniforms, photographs, autographs and historic documents, the collection is the biggest of its kind to be offered at an international auction house for 15 years.
The two-day sale comprises almost 500 lots, with the first section dedicated to memorabilia and the second to photography.
"The collection, one of the most comprehensive and distinguished of its kind, includes extraordinary offerings that chronicle the profound social and cultural significance of America’s National Pastime," said Laura Paulson, Chairman, Christie’s Americas.
"This is a rare opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to experience and own rare and historical memorabilia, artifacts, and photographs which tell the story of a game that continues to create passion and excitement season after season."
One of the auction's star lots is a bat used by legendary hitter Shoeless Joe Jackson, described by Babe Ruth as "the greatest natural hitter I ever saw".
Just two known professional model bats have survived from his storied career. The first, from his rookie season in 1911, sold at 2014 for $956,000, and the second, dated circa 1917-1921, will be offered at Christie's with an estimate of $500,000-$700,000.
The sale will also feature bats used by icons such as Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Cap Anson and Frank 'Home Run' Baker.
Amongst the most important lots are some of the world's most important items relating to the Negro Leagues and its most celebrated stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Oscar Charleston, along with materials relating to the history of Cuban baseball.
"From baseball’s earliest days through its golden era, the game's most iconic players are represented in this collection. Of particular interest are the remarkably rare items pertaining to The Negro Leagues and the legendary ballplayers who played in them," said Simeon Lipman, Pop Culture consultant at Christie's.
'The Golden Age of Baseball: Selections from the National Pastime Museum' takes place at Christie's in New York on October 19-20.
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