• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 2 August 2017

PRESS RELEASE: The Golden Age of Baseball




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.

Notes to Editors:

On October 19-20, 2016, Christie’s two-day auction The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum, totaled $7,123,500 and was 92% sold by lot and 94% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s Professional Model Bat which sold for $583,500 to an online bidder.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.