Babe Ruth World Series watch auctioned for $700K

Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK -- Babe Ruth's pocket watch from the 1923 World Series has sold for $717,000 at auction in New York City.

Heritage Auctions says the pentagonal 14-karat gold watch was bought Saturday.

The timepiece was part of a set given to Ruth and his Yankees teammates in 1923.

The team had just beat their rivals, the New York Giants, in the 1923 World Series.

The Ruth watch is engraved with a picture of a pitcher, hitter and catcher and a ball in flight.

It is inscribed, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to George H. Ruth."

Another highlight of the auction was a 1911 game-used bat from "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. It sold for $956,000.

Jackson was banned from baseball after he and his Chicago White Sox teammates were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.

The telephone bidder who bought the watch remained anonymous.

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