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Babe Ruth's Personal Toiletry Collection (7)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $16,450.00

Barry Halper had many personal items of Babe Ruth in his collection, but none more personal than these. Offered here are Babe Ruth’s personal toiletry items that were originally obtained by Barry Halper directly from Mrs. Ruth. The collection consists of a hand mirror (5 x 8 inches), a hairbrush (7.5 x 3 inches), a shoe brush (2.25 x 7.25 inches), a comb (7.5 inches in length), a shoe horn (5 inches in length), a glass toothbrush holder with a metal cap (7 inches in length), and a pair of small scissors (4 inches in length). All of the pieces, with the exception of the scissors, are monogrammed with Ruth’s initials (“GHR”) on the front. With the exception of the scissors, each article is crafted in sterling silver and was manufactured by Reed and Barton (so stamped on each piece). All of the items display wear commensurate with their age and appear to have been used for many years by the Babe. Interestingly, the hairbrush displays numerous strands remaining among the bristles that, presumably, are from Ruth’s head. Obviously, we have not conducted any DNA tests on the hair strands, and possibly someone else in Ruth’s family used this brush after he passed away. However, given the extremely personal nature of combs and brushes, this seems unlikely. In terms of nonscientific provenance, the hairs in this brush appear to have as direct a link to Babe Ruth as one could ever hope for. Barry Halper was very close with Ruth’s widow, Claire, and often escorted her to Yankee Old Timers' Day games and other special events at the stadium prior to her passing in 1976. During that time Barry was given many of Ruth’s personal items directly from her as tokens of appreciation for his kindness. Because of his friendship with Claire, as well as the sentimental value attached to items such as these, Barry never considered selling these items during the initial offering of his collection in 1999. From the Barry Halper Collection. Total: 7 pieces. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,450.00

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