SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run ball was auctioned Saturday for $752,467, well more than the estimates by memorabilia experts.
Home run No. 755, the ball that tied the record, went for $186,750, including the bid and fee, according to Sotheby's/SCP Auctions.
Both final prices included the winning bid plus a 20 percent buyer's fee, according to the auction houses handling the sale.
Bonds broke Aaron's record of 755 with a shot into the right-center field seats on Aug. 7 against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco.
Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old construction supervisor from New York, emerged from a scuffle with the record-breaking ball after paying $100 for a $12 ticket to the game during a layover on his way to Australia.
``I had hoped to keep the ball, but when I determined that was not the best strategy at this stage of my life, this definitely was the right decision,'' Murphy said in a statement released after the sale. ``It is an honor to be a part of baseball history and I wish the new owner well with whatever they elect to do with the ball.''
Experts had predicted the ball that tied Hank Aaron's home run record would fetch about $200,000, and that the record-breaker would be sold for least $500,000.
``I feel like I did the right thing with it,'' said Adam Hughes, 34, a plumber from La Jolla who came up with No. 755 in the left-center field seats in San Diego on Aug. 4.
Hughes said that after taxes and auction house fees, he expects to take home about $90,000 from the sale. He said he would probably invest some of the money and use some of it to help out a cousin who just started college. He might also go on the cruise, he said.
The buyers weren't identified.
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