Musial auction brings in $1.2 million

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


Dallas-based Heritage Auctions announced Monday that winning bids for the month-long Stan Musial auction totaled $1.2 million.
The items that belonged to the former St. Louis Cardinals great fetched more money than expected, according to Heritage. The auction ended Saturday.
Items included game-worn jerseys, World Series rings and Musial's legendary harmonicas.
"The results far surpassed our pre-auction estimates and they are a reflection of Stan Musial's popularity not only in St. Louis, but worldwide," Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for Heritage, said in a statement.
Musial died in January at age 92, a year after his wife, Lillian, passed away.
Musial's family kept most of his belongings but gave away others to family, friends and organizations, including the Cardinals.
A 2011 World Series ring given to Musial sold for $191,200. It was expected to sell for about $40,000. A four-page letter from Ty Cobb to Musial in 1952 sold for $71,700. The projected price was $10,000. A baseball signed by Babe Ruth that was given to Musial when he was a minor-league player in 1941 brought in $53,775.
The auction also included ordinary items, such as lighters, neckties and Christmas cards.
Musial was a seven-time batting champion who spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals. He played on three World Series championships in the 1940s. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.