Christie’s Will Offer Rare Baseball ‘Artefacts’

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Ed Delahanty 1887 engraved pocket watch. Diameter 2 in. Estimate: $20,000- 30,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.
Christie's Will Offer Rare Baseball 'Artefacts'
1866 Unions vs. Athletics trophy baseball. Estimate: $15,000-20,000. This lot is offered in The Golden Age of Baseball, 16-24 August, Online

Christie’s will present The Golden Age of Baseball, an online sale running from August 16-23, with a concurrent public exhibition at its Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York. Comprised of a remarkable assemblage photographs, contracts, autographed letters, baseballs and bats, the sale will offer approximately 400 lots. Estimates start at $500 while the top lot of the auction is a Mike “King” Kelly professional model bat, estimated at $70,000-80,000. The contents of the auction are from the National Pastime Museum, which is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts. This sale marks the second tranche of the collection, building upon the successful first sale in 2016.

Christie's Will Offer Rare Baseball 'Artefacts'
Sam Wise 1887 sterling-silver presentation bat. Estimate: $50,000-70,000. This lot is offered in The Golden Age of Baseball, 16-24 August, Online
Christie's Will Offer Rare Baseball 'Artefacts'
Satchel Paige photograph. Estimate: $1,000-1,500. This lot is offered in The Golden Age of Baseball, 16-24 August, Online

“This auction presents a fantastic opportunity for a range of baseball enthusiasts, from beginners to seasoned collectors, to acquire a work related to a favorite team or individual player.” remarks Simeon Lipman, Christie’s Consultant, Pop Culture.

The auction represents the legends of baseball, spanning more than 150 years from the inception of the game through modern day, with items owned and used by icons such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jimmy Foxx, Roberto Clemente, Christy Mathewson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Martin Dihigo and Mike “King” Kelly.

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