In partnership with sports auction house Lelands, Sheen put Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the contract that brought the Bambino from the Boston Red Sox to the Yankees in 1919. The auction house announced that the ring sold for $2,093,927, and the contract sold for $2,303,320. Both were put up for sale with an opening bid of $100,000.
There are three copies of the contract. The document Sheen owned belonged to former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, who bought the team in 1915. In addition to completing what Lelands’ website described as “the most important transaction in sports history,” Ruppert’s tenure also included the building of Yankees Stadium and the team’s first World Series win in 1927.
“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come,” Sheen told ESPN on June 26. The actor added that he displayed the two pieces of memorabilia in the bar area of his home and kept them in pristine condition.
This post has been updated with information about the closing bids.