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Piazza jersey sells privately for $365,000

PIAZZAJERSEYAnthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, Tony Lauto and filmmaker Oliver Stone reportedly have teamed up to purchase the Mike Piazza jersey worn on Sept. 21, 2001, when the soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer slammed the first home run in New York following the 9/11 attacks. The trio stepped up to pay Goldin Auctions $365,000 in a private sale that will keep the jersey on display in New York. The jersey had been consigned to Goldin years after it had been sold to him from the New York Mets.

Lauto told The New York Daily News, “The thought of it leaving New York was not acceptable to myself and our partners, so we did pursue this jersey pretty aggressively. We spoke to Mike (Piazza) … and he was so appreciative, so that was another motivating factor.”

Before the private sale was announced Thursday afternoon, public bidding had driven up the price to $171,000. Meanwhile, other iteDAILYNEWSms in the Goldin Auctions sale remain on the block till April 30.

Ken Goldin had been dancing on the fence in his dual role as auction house operator and manager of the moral barometer on this issue. Goldin had rushed around, trying to calm fears that the jersey would be purchased and taken from the Big Apple, perhaps by an overseas buyer. He appealed to officials of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum or the Mets Museum to help him find a buyer who would buy the jersey from his consignor and keep it in New York for the public to view.

Goldin said he’d never pulled a jersey from the auction in more than two decades in the memorabilia business, but he admitted this arrangement was “the right thing to do.”

Vince Piazza, Mike’s dad, had tried to buy the jersey at $86,000 and was willing to go to $90K. But he wasn’t going to be part of a bidding war. Rightly so. The people of New York and other museum goers may feel a sense of victory, but other winners are a consignor and Goldin, both of whom cashed in on the controversy. You think they will share some of their proceeds with the museums?

The consignor had purchased the jersey for an untold amount of money and loaned it back to the Mets Museum for display purposes. But he was eager to help his grandchildren with their college education, so he decided to make it available to the public.

The $365,000 purchase price exceeded the amount paid for another emotion-charged jersey, the one Kirk Gibson wore in 1988 when he swatted a low pitch out of Dodger Stadium during the World Series and hobbled around the bases in 1988. It fetched a winning bid of $303,000.




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