Louisville museum auctions famous bats

Nov. 7, 2004 at 8:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Collectors from across the U.S. have come together at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, KY., to bid on more than 400 pieces of baseball memorabilia.

The eight-hour auction netted nearly $2 million and will help the museum pay for future acquisitions, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday.

It was the first time the museum had put a portion of its extensive collection up for public auction.

The top price went to a bat used by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson around 1910-1911. The bat was sold for $137,500. Other items sold included bats used by Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jim Thorpe, and a Cleveland Indians jersey worn by Satchel Paige.

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