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Bat signed by Ruth, Gehrig draws big sum

The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — A bat signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig has sold for $458,250 at the annual Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest. The auction will continue Tuesday with the personal collection of the late Hall of Fame outfielder, Roberto Clemente.

Ruth and Gehrig did the briskest business Monday. Ruth’s 1931 autographed bat went for $317,250, and Gehrig’s 1934 All-Star team pendant sold for $146,875. Among individual baseball cards at a Hunt Auctions exhibit, the top seller was Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank from 1909-11, which sold for $64,625.

There were hundreds of bidders in person, along with thousands online and on the phone, Hunt Auctions said.

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