Vintage Babe Ruth jersey sells for record $5.64 million

Babe Ruth poses with a contest winner in May 1929

Babe Ruth poses with a contest winner in May 1929

A Babe Ruth Yankees jersey sold for a record $5.64 million at auction on Saturday, breaking the previous mark of $4.4 million-which was the price tag for a game-worn 1920 Ruth jersey-according to Hunt Auctions.

The shirt dates from the 1928-1930 period of Ruth's long career, in which he became an early sporting superstar.

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"The entire team at SGC is honored to be part of this historic event, and we are proud to be consistently chosen as the company to authenticate the hobby's most treasured items", said SGC CEO Dave Forman. Numerous items were part of the Ruth family collection, which had been largely unknown to the general public, while the jersey itself belonged to a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

The identity of the buyer was not disclosed. To the best of our knowledge, there are six Babe Ruth New York Yankees professional model jerseys of merit known to exist.

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"The legacy and significance of Babe Ruth to the game of baseball and American popular culture is unmatched by any other figure in the history of this country", president of Hunt Auctions David Hunt said.

Ruth played for 22 seasons in Major League Baseball and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport's history. While he's known for playing for the Yankees, Ruth also spent time with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves.

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