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July 19, 2019

A rare Babe Ruth jersey just became the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever

June 17, 2019
Retired Yankees slugger Babe Ruth warms up with three bats before stepping to the plate at New York’s Yankee Stadium, August 21, 1942, as he prepared for a hitting exhibition at the stadium two days later against retired pitching great Walter Johnson. (TOM SANDE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Sultan of Swat is now the Maharajah of Memorabilia, too.

An unidentified buyer purchased a game-worn Babe Ruth jersey at auction Saturday for a record-breaking sum: $5.64 million dollars.

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The winning bid broke a previous record set in 2012: $4.4 million for, naturally, a Babe Ruth jersey.

The live auction was held at Yankee Stadium, which was referred to as The House That Ruth Built in its original incarnation.

The jersey, which does not feature the Yankees’ iconic pinstripes, dates to the late 1920s when Ruth was at the peak of his homer-hitting powers.

“For well over a decade, I have been researching and evaluating significant major league uniforms of the 20th century,” said Dave Grob, who authenticated the jersey on behalf of SGC, a sports memorabilia company. “Every time I am presented with a historic uniform like this striking Babe Ruth example, I am always rooting for the jersey because, if it proves to be authentic, it means that an extraordinary piece of baseball history has survived.”

The auction also featured game-worn cleats, contracts and autographs from Ruth’s storied career and life.

Over 100 items total were sold.

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