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Roberto Clemente memorabilia auction sets record, raises $7.5M

Roberto Clemente's family raised almost $7.5 million this week auctioning 300 items from the Pirates legend's personal memorabilia collection.

The auction, held by Hunt Auctions at Tuesday's All-Star Fan Fest in Miami, featured one record-shattering item: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Clemente's 1967 National League silver batting championship award sold for $493,500. That price tops the previous mark of $313,500, held by Mickey Mantle's 1956 American League award.

Other highlights from the Clemente auction included:

—Clemente's 1971 Pirates World Series ring, auctioned for $381,875

—Clemente's 1960 Pirates World Series ring ($352,500)

—The Pirates home uniform Clemente wore in the 1960 World Series ($411,250)

—A 12-time Gold Glove winner, eight of Clemente's Gold Gloves sold for a combined $640,375

—The 1972 Special Edition 440 Magnum Charger limited-edition car Clemente received for winning the 1971 World Series MVP award sold for $105,750

The Hall of Fame right fielder played his entire 18-season career with the Pirates, winning four batting titles and leading Pittsburgh to World Series titles in 1960 and 1971. He died Dec. 31, 1972 in a plane crash, en route to deliver relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.


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