LeRoy Neiman baseball art sells for $491,748

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 2:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A collection of original baseball art created by celebrated sports artist LeRoy Neiman has sold for nearly $500,000 at auction.

The 129 art-decorated baseballs were made over 30 years for Neiman's friend Charlie McCabe, a bank marketing executive. Most were done in colored magic marker and captured some of baseball's greatest players.

Heritage Auctions says the top-selling ball depicted artwork of Marilyn Monroe and was signed by Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's second husband. It sold for $95,600.

A baseball illustrating Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" sold for $26,680.

Thomson's homer clinched the National League pennant in 1951.

Altogether, the online sale that ended early Saturday fetched a total of $491,748.

Neiman died in 2012. He was known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting events.

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