Barry Bonds beat expectations again, as his record-breaking ball sold for well above industry estimates. Bonds’ 756th homerun ball netted $752,467, while the ball that helped him tie Hank Aaron’s career record sold for $186,750. Some naysayers thought Bonds’ steroid scandal and sharp personality would dampen demand, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The sale of the 756th homerun ball was a nail biter. One bidder waited until 7 seconds before the closing of the Sotheby’s auction to raise the tally. One of the ball's previous owners said he wanted to keep it, but later “determined that was not the best strategy.” Auction officials didn’t release the new owners' names.