Heritage set for most significant sports auction of the 21st century



2015-06-26 11:27:09

Heritage has announced further details of its upcoming sports memorabilia sale, described as "the most significant sports auction in the 21st century".

Later this month the company will offer millions of dollars' worth of previously unknown sporting relics for the first time.

"Heritage has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for unearthing rare and important sports memorabilia for years," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, "but this February 2015 Platinum Night auction represents the largest and most significant offering of 'fresh" material in hobby history. Opening the pages of our auction catalog is like stepping into the sports version of King Tut's Tomb."

Amongst the leading highlights will be the world's only-known signed photograph of 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, the near-mythical batter who was thrown out of the game for his alleged role in the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. Originating from the collection of sports photographer Frank W. Smith, the photo is the only example bearing the autograph of the famously illiterate Jackson and is expected to sell for $100,000+.

The auction will also offer the gloves worn by both Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali in the infamous 'Phantom Punch' World Title fight in Maine in 1965. Ali won the bout amidst accusations of a fix, as Liston hit the canvas in the first round due to a punch which remains controversial to this day. Having been confiscated by the local boxing commissioner after the fight, both sets of gloves will now be sold together with an estimated price of $500,000+.

Further major lots will include a Babe Ruth bat attributed to his record 59th home run of the 1921 season, estimated at $500,000+; a 1955 Sandy Koufax game worn Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey valued at $400,000+; a 1954 Mickey Mantle game worn New York Yankees jersey priced at $400,000+; and a 1951 Ted Williams game worn Boston Red Sox jersey estimated at $100,000+.

The Heritage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night auction takes place in New York on February 21.

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