An auction of Lenny Dykstra memorabilia today brought in more than twice the amount of original estimates.
The eleven items for sale at Heritage Auctions, including Dykstra's 1986 World Series ring and trophy, brought in a more than $162,000, compared to original estimates of $60,000 to $80,000. The ring alone—which Heritage expected to sell for $20,000—actually sold for $56,762.50.
The winning bidder was a collector from Queens. That is some Mets fan.
The total includes a 19.5 percent buyer's premium for the auction house. Minus that, the rest of the proceeds go to the pawn shop in Beverly Hills which owned the items after Dykstra failed to reclaim them. The pawn shop loaned the baseball legend $75,000 several months ago against the memorabilia. Items included Dykstra's National League Championship ring he won with the Phillies, which sold for $23,900.
Heritage's Chris Ivy says The biggest surprise was the home run ball Dykstra hit to win game three of the 1986 National League Championship Series, "originally estimated at $4,000, brought an astounding $31,070."
"Despite his travails off the field since his playing days ended," said Ivy, "these prices show that interest in Dykstra, and his career, are still very high."
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