Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Golden Age of Baseball Christie's Auction 2017

New York – Christie’s is honored to present The Golden Age of Baseball, an online sale running from August 16-23, with a concurrent public exhibition at its Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York. Comprised of a remarkable assemblage photographs, contracts, autographed letters, baseballs and bats, the sale will offer approximately 400 lots. Estimates start at $500 while the top lot of the auction is a Mike “King” Kelly professional model bat, estimated at $70,000-80,000. The contents of the auction are from the National Pastime Museum, which is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts. This sale marks the second tranche of the collection, building upon the successful first sale in 2016.

"This auction presents a fantastic opportunity for a range of baseball enthusiasts, from beginners to seasoned collectors, to acquire a work related to a favorite team or individual player." remarks Simeon Lipman, Christie’s Consultant, Pop Culture.

The auction represents the legends of baseball, spanning more than 150 years from the inception of the game through modern day, with items owned and used by icons such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jimmy Foxx, Roberto Clemente, Christy Mathewson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Martin Dihigo and Mike "King" Kelly.

Click here to view the sale.

I had the luck to view the first sale in 2016, and it was a baseball lovers dream! It is so neat to see these vintage items in person at Christie's showroom in Rockefeller Center.  The viewing for this year's selection of items is from August 14 to 23, 2017. It is free to the public, and if you are a baseball fan, I highly suggest a trip. 

This was from last year's sale, I just love the old time baseball cards. This one was in mint condition, and is just so darn cool! 

A photograph of one of my most favorite players, The Babe, in his Yankee pinstripes. I love the idea that you can just walk in Christie's and learn so much history about so many different subjects! I had the pleasure of viewing the Elizabeth Taylor auction which I will remember forever. It was just done so well with so many items. Be sure to check out Christie's next time in Midtown as you never know what you will find inside! 

You can read my full post here from last year's auction. 

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