SCP Auctions Mid-Summer sale brings $2.5 million
The recent SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic sale saw almost 1,000 items cross the block for a total of $2.5 million.
“The outstanding results of this auction prove once again that the market for historic memorabilia with exceptional provenance has never been stronger,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler.
The highest price of the sale went to a game-used ball from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Basketball gold medal match, in which America's 'Dream Team' defeated Croatia to claim victory. The ball also featured the signatures of the team's many stars, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Scottie Pippen.
Offered with a minimum bid of just $7,500, the signed ball skyrocketed to a slam-dunk final price of $230,041 – making it the second-most valuable basketball ever sold. The record price is held by a ball signed by Jordan and Michael Jackson during a 1992 music video shoot, which sold at Julien's in 2010 for a remarkable $294,000.
Further basketball highlights included a 1996 NBA 50 Greatest Players signed lithograph which sold for $34,190, and Tom Thacker's 1968 Boston Celtics 10K Gold NBA Championship ring which fetched $29,336.
Baseball fans were happy to bid big on a pair of jerseys worn by Ernie Banks and Nolan Ryan. Banks' rare Chicago Cubs home jersey, worn during the 1968 season in which he hit 32 home runs, sold for $137,865; and the 1970 New York Mets jersey worn by Hall of Fame pitcher Ryan, regarded as the finest Ryan jersey in existence, sold for $60,667.
Amongst the biggest results of the sale was a set of vintage 60s Spalding clubs owned by a very special golfer – President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Ike was a keen golfer, but had never played in front of a gallery until May 1964, when he partnered Arnold Palmer in a charity match in Pennsylvania. The pair won – thanks in part to Eisenhower's 45ft Birdie putt on the 17th – and his engraved clubs from that very match realized a price of $121,122.
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