Christie’s New York is proud to present The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum: a two-day live auction event in October. The two sales – organized into memorabilia on October 19 and photography on October 20 – showcase a remarkable assemblage of over 450 lots of letters, contracts, memorabilia, game-used bats and a treasury of vintage baseball photography.
Highlights include some of the greatest artifacts relating to the Negro Leagues and its most celebrated stars including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Sol White, among others. In addition, the collection includes notable pieces relating to Jackie Robinson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Mike “King” Kelly, Christy Mathewson, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
There is something for just about everyone in terms of budget as there will be items with estimates starting at $300 to $500. On the other end of the spectrum, there is a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat that is expected to fetch $500,000 to $700,000.
In addition to the auction, the items in the collection will also be on display for the general public at Christie’s in Rockefeller Plaza on Oct. 13-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.