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1934 Razor Used to Shave Babe Ruth in Spring Training!

Starting Bid - $100.00 , Sold For - $1,410.00

Offered here is is a remarkable conversation piece whose history is intertwined with that of baseball's greatest player: Babe Ruth. Presented is Babe Ruth's razor! We're not kidding. It's really his razor. This straight razor was used to shave Babe Ruth on numerous occasions during the spring of 1934. It is accompanied by a very detailed notarized letter of authenticity from his barber detailing its history. This razor is certainly one of the most unusual Babe Ruth items we have ever seen. Our reaction upon seeing it was "Barry Halper would have loved this." The "Baby Gran" straight razor, with yellow handle, was manufactured by Waldrep Brothers of Greenville, South Carolina, and is complete with its original black case. Its history is fully chronicled in an accompanying notarized letter, dated May 21, 1971, by Lillie Bughardt, who ran a salon and barber shop in Sulphur Springs, Florida, during the 1930s. She writes in part: "I, Lillie M. Bughardt while residing in Tampa, Fla in 1934 and operating Lillie's Salon & Barber shop at 8135 Nebraska Ave., in Sulphur Springs, Fla, have on many occasions shaved the immortal Babe Ruth of baseball fame, while he was in spring training at Temple Terrace, Fla., which was eight miles from my business in Sulphur Springs. He had a heavy beard and I sometimes shaved him twice a day and he would go to sleep in the barber chair nearly every time I shaved him. We became good friends, and he made the statement that when he went back north that he was going to get him another lady barber. I purchased this razor that I shaved Babe Ruth with from a Mr. Ray Farber of Miami, Fla., who was a barber supply salesman." This piece is not only interesting, but also quite telling with respect to Ruth's mystique. The razor, which is broken in the middle, is obviously no longer functional and would normally have been thrown away decades ago. The fact that it was saved by this woman for decades after she retired, just because it was used to shave Babe Ruth, truly exemplifies the admiration and awe Ruth instilled in every person he met. The fact that it was then saved for additional decades after she parted with it in 1971, and has been prized to this day, is further evidence. The razor (6 inches in length) displays a small break in the middle and is otherwise in Very Good condition. The case (7 inches in length) is heavily worn and the top has been reinforced with vintage black tape. We know this is a crazy item. It's in the auction not because we think it's worth a fortune, but because it's fun and interesting, and everyone who sees and hears of it is fascinated with it. After a lock of Babe Ruth's hair sold for an incredible $38,187 in the April 2007 REA auction, it amuses us to ask ourselves "What's Babe Ruth's razor worth?" We admit that we haven't got a clue. That question will have to be answered by bidders. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410.00


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