A gold pocket watch owned by Babe Ruth has sold for $650,108 at an auction in Southern California. According to SPC, the company which conducted the auction, this exceptional collector’s item was from the 25th anniversary celebration in 1948 of the opening of Yankee Stadium. Reportedly because of the number of fans the baseball legend drew to the venue, the stadium came to be dubbed as “The House That Ruth Built”.
More than 1,000 sports memorabilia items were sold Sunday for a total of $4.5 million. Other notable items sold at auction include a 1965 Sandy Koufax-autographed L.A. Dodgers home jersey worn in a game that fetched $268,664. Also, Satchel Paige’s 1971 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ring set a world record for a baseball-related ring, selling for $259,642.