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Vintage photos of Ruth, Gehrig big hits with bidders

RuthposeRuthRedSoxDALLAS — Vintage Paul Thompson photographs of Babe Ruth and Ruth-era heroes fetched heroic prices in a Heritage Auctions sale that ended August 14. A photo of Ruth clutching three bats in his big paws sold for $20,315. That total was outdone by a 1923 Gehrig news photograph, purportedly the first image of Gehrig in a Yankee uniform, for $22,705. Another Thompson photo showing Ruth approaching the plate sold for $16,730. A photograph of a seated Ruth as a Boston Red Sox player in 1919 by George Grantham Bain sold for $17,925.

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