DiMaggio uniform sells for $195,500


NEW YORK (AP) – A uniform worn by Joe DiMaggio in his final World Series sold for $195,500 Saturday at an auction of memorabilia from the Hall of Famer’s storied career.

The pinstriped flannel home uniform, with the Yankee Clipper’s familiar No. 5 on the back, was captured by an anonymous bidder. DiMaggio wore the jersey during the 1951 World Series, where the Yankees defeated the New York Giants.

According to Hunt Auctions Inc., the matching pants – while worn during the 1951 season – could not be verified as used during the World Series. DiMaggio retired after winning the championship, turning his spot in center field over to Mickey Mantle.

Also fetching top prices Saturday were items related to DiMaggio’s one-time wife, actress Marilyn Monroe. The couple married in January 1954, but split after nine months.

Monroe’s 1954 U.S. passport sold for $115,000. A photograph of herself that she autographed with the words “I love you Joe, Marilyn” sold for $80,500. And a Monroe-autographed handwritten letter sent to DiMaggio and dated March 1, 1954, sold for $51,750.

A pair of watches awarded to DiMaggio following his first two Most Valuable player seasons sold for $92,000 (1939) and $86,250 (1941). The latter came in the year that DiMaggio achieved one of baseball’s most enduring marks, his 56-game hitting streak.

On Friday, the first day of the two-day auction, DiMaggio’s 1947 Most Valuable Player award was sold for $281,750 to New York collector Pete Siegel. Siegel purchased the Monroe passport on Saturday.

In all, more than 1,000 DiMaggio items went on the auction block in the sale.

All sale prices included a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.