Babe Ruth’s watch fetches golden sum

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IOL pic may19 babe ruth gold watch auction Associated Press A gold pocket watch once owned by Babe Ruth was sold at auction for $650 108. Picture: SCP Auctions, via AP

Los Angeles -

A gold pocket watch owned by baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth has sold for $650 108 at an auction in Southern California.

SCP Auctions said on Sunday that the watch was from the 25th anniversary celebration in 1948 of the opening of Yankee Stadium.

The stadium came to be dubbed “The House That Ruth Built” because of the number of fans the baseball legend drew to the venue.

SCP says other top sales include a 1965 Sandy Koufax-autographed L.A. Dodgers home jersey worn in a game that fetched $268 664.

The auction house says Satchel Paige's 1971 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ring set a world record for a baseball-related ring, selling for $259 642.

More than 1 000 sports memorabilia items were sold on Sunday for a total of $4.5 million. - Sapa-AP

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