NEW YORK (AP) - Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series championship watch, believed lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction.
The pentagonal gold timepiece is expected to fetch at least $750,000 at Heritage Auction's Feb. 22 sale.
Ruth had the gold timepiece until shortly before his death in 1948, when he gave it to friend Charles Schwefel. Two years later, the watch went to Lewis Fern, Schwefel's nephew and Ruth's golf caddy.
In 1988, the watch was sold privately to a sports collector, who's now selling it.
Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions, says no one knew where the piece had been, since it wasn't sold publicly.
Ruth had the watch engraved with his name and an inscription to Schwefel. A collectibles expert says that makes it even more valuable.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Possible 2018 World Series Matchups There are odds available for 2018 MLB World Series possible matchups and a Los Angeles Dodgers versus New York Yankees clash has the best...
Thumbnail Updated AL Pennant Odds After acquiring Giancarlo Stanton, are the New York Yankees the team to beat in the American League this season? Here is what oddsmakers say.

MLB Team Pages