Times must be tough for good ol’ Charlie Sheen. The actor is giving up two of his most prized possessions, and they could be yours. Well, that’s if you’re willing to dish out some big bucks.
Sheen is officially selling two of baseball legend Babe Ruth’s rare possessions worth over $1 million in the wake of lawsuits resulting from his recent announcement that he has HIV. He has apparently been having a hard time finding work since he’s gone public with the news, and needs to liquidate his assets.
ESPN is reporting that the actor cosigned the 1927 World Series ring and the copy of the 1919 sales contract that traded him from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees with Leland Auctions. Bidding on the ring has topped $600,000, which will make it the highest-priced sports championship ring ever sold. The high bid on the sale document, which was Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert’s copy, has surpassed $400,000. Red Sox owner Harry Frazee’s copy sold in 2005 for $996,000.
So, when were these bad boys purchased? Sheen apparently got them in the early ’90s, and he displayed them in a bar area in his house that he named after the slugger. In typical Sheen-fashion, he couldn’t recall how much he paid for either items. They were reportedly kept in pristine condition, though.
“[The ring] is the greatest thing you can own from the greatest player in the greatest year,” Leland’s Josh Evans said. “[It’s] insanely over the top.”
Obviously, Sheen loved these two items. He reportedly enjoyed when people noticed the Ruth items in his house, and liked to tell them the story of how the Red Sox, after the 1919 season, sold Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000 and a $300,000 loan. He has said that he just hopes the buyer appreciates the historic items and is willing to share them with the world.
This isn’t the only baseball memorabilia Sheen has bought and then auctioned off. He was also the initial buyer of the ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. He apparently bought the ball in 1992 for $93,000 and sold it eight years later for $63,000. The ball sold again in 2012 for $418,250.
Maybe he’ll make a profit this time.