A Babe Ruth photo originally owned for his sister sold for $22,546 Wednesday through SchulteAuctions.com.
The image (above) was the headliner as part of a collection consisting of five original photos and an inner book cover, which was signed, dated and personalized by The Bambino to “Mamie” Margaret Ruth-Moberly. The items were consigned by the family to the Woodstock, Md.-based auction house and were never before been publicly available.
Adding to the $22K photo’s appeal was a photo of “Mamie” holding the signed photo.
While that photo attracted 39 bids, the next-highest selling image, a photo signed by Lou Gehrig also personalized to Ruth’s sister, sold for $11,183 after 37 bids.
Among the other pieces sold were five other Ruth-signed items — $7,902 for a signed photo of The Babe and his wife, down to $1,292 each for a pair of Ruth family photos signed with just a “Babe” signature.
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