Bonds' #756 Ball Fetches $752K

Despite steroid scandal, record-breaking ball sells for more than $750,000
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2007 12:25 PM CDT
Matt Murphy of Elmhurst, N.Y., owner of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds' record-breaking home run baseball No. 756 smiles with the ball during a press preview at Sotheby's Wednesday, Sept. 5,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.