The baseball bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 500th home run has been sold at auction for more than $1m.
George Herman Ruth, known as Babe, hit the landmark home run on 11 August 1929 against Cleveland Indians, while he was with the New York Yankees.
The autographed bat had been given to his friend, Jim Rice, who was mayor of Suffern in New York in the 1940s.
It had been in the family for nearly 75 years.
The bat was sold by SCP Auctions, which has not identified the buyer, for $1,000,800 (£750,050).
According to SCP, the 500th homer saw the ball clearing the field at League Park and rolling down Lexington Avenue.
Another Ruth bat – used to hit the first home run from Yankee Stadium in 1923 – sold for nearly $1.3m (£970,000) in 2004.
SCP Auctions president David Kohler said: “Babe Ruth memorabilia continues to be among the most prized artefacts for all worldwide collectors and this outstanding bat proved that once again.”
Ruth hit 714 home runs in his 22-season career with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees before retiring in 1935.
He was the first player to hit 30, 40, 50 and 60 home runs in a single season.