Seconds after the Famous Home Run
That's background. Here's the point. A couple of brothers, Chad and Doug Dreier, just paid at auction--are you ready for this?--$575,912 for the bat* Gibson hit the homer with. As if that were not enough, they bought his jersey, too. That was a mere $303,277, his batting helmet ($153,388), plus the National League MVP award and World Series trophy for another $155,871. All that totals up to a tidy $1.2 million.
Now what's your definition of decadence? This fits mine. For you see, some people inhabit a perpetual playground no matter what's happening in the rest of the world and the other people in it. I don't know, this kind of conspicuous consumption somehow just doesn't seem right to me. Can't exactly say why, because ofttimes the general public ends up benefiting from the acquisitions of private collectors. Still . . . You're free to disagree.
*only the second highest amount ever paid for a bat. The one that Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run ever in Yankee Stadium went for $1.265 million in 2004.