Signed ‘Shoeless’ Joe pic sells for document $1.47M

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NEW YORK — A 1911 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson autographed {photograph} by Frank W. Smith bought for $1.47 million, probably the most ever paid for a signed sports activities {photograph}.

The picture was provided by Christie’s and Hunt Auctions in New York within the public sale Additional Innings: A Non-public Assortment of Necessary Baseball Memorabilia.

In line with Christie’s and the cardboard and memorabilia grading big PSA (Skilled Sports activities Authenticator), it’s the solely recognized Jackson-signed picture of himself in existence.

As for the $1.47 million price ticket, whereas it might appear steep, even for a reputation synonymous with baseball lore like “Shoeless” Joe — he was banned from baseball for all times in 1921, regardless of being acquitted within the Black Sox scandal of 1919 — there may be cause for it.

Jackson was notably illiterate and prevented signing paperwork if he may. His spouse signed for him principally after his taking part in days ended.

Talking for a characteristic on lacking memorabilia in Could, Mike Heffner, president and associate at Lelands Auctions, informed ESPN: “Simply his signature on a slip of paper is price $50,000 to $100,000.”

This very picture bought in 2015 with Heritage Auctions for $179,250 — a rise of greater than 720% in six years.

The 246-lot public sale by Christie’s and Hunt additionally featured a Babe Ruth skilled mannequin baseball bat with eight house run notches that bought for $1.05 million, a 1925 Lou Gehrig autographed rookie exhibit postcard that went for $687,500 and a 1952 Joe DiMaggio autographed handwritten letter to Marilyn Monroe that fetched $525,000.

Info from ESPN’s Dan Hajducky and The Related Press was used on this report.