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Baseball powers $7.4+ million Heritage Auctions' 2014 Sports Collectibles Signature Auction
1903 E107 Breisch Williams Honus Wagner SGC 10 Poor 1 - A Newly Found Example. Sold for: $56,762.50.

DALLAS, TX.- One captured the world of sport in bold bursts of impressionistic color and the other with the unflinching precision of a camera lens, but both LeRoy Neiman and Ernie Schworck exhibited the strength of their enduring legacies in the Heritage Auction's $7.43+ million May 15-17, 2014 Sports Collectibles Signature Auction.

"Neiman created more than 120 original artworks on baseballs for his good friend Charlie McCabe," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "This consignment represented the largest single offering of Neiman artworks ever presented at auction and prices were extremely strong across the board."

The collection narrowly missed the $500,000 total mark, far outpacing pre-auction estimates. Neiman's portrait of femme fatale Marilyn Monroe commanding a staggering $95,600 final price realized, amidst very spirited bidding, a figure usually reserved only for significant Neiman canvases.

United Press International photographer Ernie Schworck captured many of the greatest post-war sporting events in his home state of California, pressing game used baseballs into service as living captions for photographs of Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and others to commemorate no-hitters, strikeout records and other milestones. These hand notated baseballs, held in Schworck's photos by joyous athletes, tripled pre-auction estimates, with 26 lots tallying bids in excess of $233,000. Top honors went to a ball used in Koufax' second no-hitter, realizing a final bid of $83,650.

The biggest Koufax fireworks, however, were reserved for a jersey worn during the Hall of Fame southpaw's third and final Cy Young campaign, a peerless representation that saw the last bidder standing at a final price realized of $262,900. Cardboard collectors likewise showed their love for the Dodgers superstar, obliterating the former record for a Mint 9 representation of his 1955 Topps rookie with a $44,813 finale.

Matching the eye-popping sale price for Koufax' jersey was the Gold Medal presented to 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey player Mark Pavelich, the $262,900 result among the highest figures ever paid for an Olympic medal.

The Heritage basketball market continues to be red-hot, with Michael Jordan "Dream Team" game worn sneakers selling for $23,900 and Ernie DiGregorio's 1973-74 Rookie of the Year trophy realizing $26,290.

Other auction highlights include, but are certainly not limited to:

• 1909-11 T206 Hindu (Red) Ty Cobb Portrait Red PSA VG-EX 4 — One of only six known.

• 1903 E107 Breisch Williams Honus Wagner SGC 10 Poor 1 - A newly found example.

• 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA EX-MT 6.

• 1975 Topps George Brett #228 PSA Gem Mint 10.

• 1967 Topps Roberto Clemente #400 PSA Gem Mint 10 - The finest example known to the hobby.

• 1967 Topps Bobby Orr #92 PSA Gem Mint 10 — top three.

• Signed 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5, Autograph NM/MT 8.

• 1934 Tour of Japan Album with Team Signed Page from Eric McNair Estate, PSA Mint 9.

• 1944 Josh Gibson & Satchel Paige Signed Album Page, PSA/DNA Mint 9.

• Circa 1927 Babe Ruth Original News Photograph by Paul Thompson, PSA/DNA Type 1.

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