ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of bidders, most presumably St. Louis Cardinals fans, now own a piece of Stan Musial's life after an online auction of his possessions.
Officials with Heritage Auctions of Dallas said Monday that winning bids for the monthlong auction totaled $1.2 million, far more than expected. The auction ended Saturday.
Items ranged from game-worn jerseys to World Series rings to 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, died. His family kept most of his belongings and gave away many others to family, friends and organizations, including the Cardinals.
Grandson Brian Schwarze said Musial's four-bedroom home in Ladue was stuffed with so many things he collected over the years that relatives decided to auction some of it.
A 2011 Cardinals World Series ring given to Musial sold for $191,200 — auction officials anticipated it would go for around $40,000. A four-page letter to Musial from Ty Cobb in 1952 went for $71,700, well above the projected price of $10,000. A baseball signed by Babe Ruth given to Musial when he was a minor-leaguer in 1941 brought in $53,775.
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