SOTHEBY’S & SCP AUCTIONS’ SALE OF IMPORTANT SPORTS MEMORABILIA BRINGS $4,732,560 CASEY STENGEL’S 1951 NEW YORK YANKEES WORLD SERIES RING FROM THE STENGEL ESTATE ACHIEVES $180,000, OVER THREE TIMES ITS HIGH ESTIMATE
commanded $102,000 (lot 311, est. $40/60,000).
Jim Thorpe Letters and Personal Archive
Another highlight of the sale was a group of Fourteen (14) Letters from Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest and most versatile athletes in modern times, to Fiancé Freeda Kirkpatrick during the Summer of 1924 with Baseball Content, which sold for $39,000 (lot 351, est. $20/30,000). All of these letters were handwritten from Thorpe to Freeda and contain previously unknown information about Thorpe’s challenging and at times lonely life on the road playing semi-professional baseball in Massachusetts. A second grouping contained Fourteen (14) Letters from Jim Thorpe to Wife Freeda
Kirkpatrick from Late 1925 and Early 1926 with Superb Football Content and also sold for $39,000 (est. $20/30,000).
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium