Lelands.com Results – Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Terrell Owens Make News

Seaford, NY, December 4, 2007 –. A Babe Ruth photo showing the Bambino surrounded by admiring young fans in the 1920s (lot 767) has sold for a remarkable $26,349, one of the highest prices ever recorded for vintage sports photography. The auction was conducted by Lelands.com, which has established itself as a leading auction house in the field of original photography. Vintage Original Photos Draw High Bids Including $26,394 for Babe Ruth with Young Fans.

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YOGI BERRA HOME YANKEE JERSEY SELLS FOR $66,441 IN LELANDS.COM AUCTION
Terrell Owens “Sharpie” Brings $3,654
 An original Josh Gibson photograph (lot 812) went for $18.470, and even a sultry Clara Bow publicity still (lot 923) sold for $6,939. A Christy Mathewson photo (lot 844) from 1905 sold for $9,159.  (All prices shown include buyer’s premium; photos and full descriptions can be found at Lelands.com). The auction concluded late Friday night. Yogi Berra’s home Yankees jersey from the 1958 season (lot 203) sold for $66,441, the highest price realized in the $2.75 million auction.
Another item that drew pre-auction attention was the Sharpie that Terrell Owens pulled out of his sock after catching a touchdown pass and used to sign the ball for his business manager in 2002. (Lot 637) Now the world’s most valuable Sharpie, it sold for $3,654.

Terrell Owens “Sharpie” Brings $3,654 An original Josh Gibson photograph (lot 812) went for $18.470, and even a sultry Clara Bow publicity still (lot 923) sold for $6,939. A Christy Mathewson photo (lot 844) from 1905 sold for $9,159.  (All prices shown include buyer’s premium; photos and full descriptions can be found at Lelands.com). The auction concluded late Friday night. Yogi Berra’s home Yankees jersey from the 1958 season (lot 203) sold for $66,441, the highest price realized in the $2.75 million auction.Another item that drew pre-auction attention was the Sharpie that Terrell Owens pulled out of his sock after catching a touchdown pass and used to sign the ball for his business manager in 2002. (Lot 637) Now the world’s most valuable Sharpie, it sold for $3,654.
The last uniform worn by Roberto Clemente (a Puerto Rico uniform, lot 2) sold for $25,616, and his 2000th hit signed baseball (lot 20) went for $12,947. A promissory note from the Yankees to Boston in the Babe Ruth sale (lot 144), one of three that exist, sold for $37,439.
Other highlights included:
Lot 327 – An 1880s “Darktown” mechanical bank trading card, $10,700
Lot 437 – Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries fight film poster in German $20,627
Lot 438 – Dempsey-Carpenter colorized photo from 1921 $17,233
Lot 441 – Jim Corbett champion of the world trophy $20,852
Lot 523 – Liston-Clay on-site fight poster from first bout $16,473
Lot 551 – WHA New Jersey Knights Harry Howell jersey $12,947
Lot 701 – Dale Earnhardt race worn suit $10,845
Lot 702 – Johnny Longden 5000th race victory trophy from 1957 $$7,932
Lot 840 -Â 1919 World Series Game 1 starting pitchers $8,396
Lot 919 – Boris Karloff test photo as Frankenstein’s Monster $5,734
Lot 1011 – Elvis Presley signed jacket from Kid Creole $40,635
Lot 1015 – Elvis signed contract for motorcycle purchase in 1956, $15,265
 Lelands is the largest and most respected Sports Auction House in the world. It has handled such landmark collections as The Mickey Mantle Auction of the Greer Johnson Collection, The Harry M. Stevens Auction, and the famed Boston Garden Auction, It has also auctioned important individual pieces like The Babe Ruth Sale Document ($99,000), Mickey Mantle’s 1960 Jersey ($111,100) and perhaps the single most famous transaction in sports memorabilia history, the sale of the infamous “Mookie Ball” to the actor Charlie Sheen for $93,500. Other highly publicized items from Lelands have been the Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game basketball, the Lou Gehrig “luckiest man” jersey, and the original Howdy Doody marionette.
Over the past five years, Lelands has sold over $40 million worth of vintage sports memorabilia and cards. Joshua Leland Evans is the founder and chairman; Michael Heffner is President. Scott Gaynor is Chief Operating Officer.

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