Shoeless Joe Jackson bat estimated at $700,000

A Shoeless Joe Jackson professional baseball bat will headline an upcoming sale at Christie's on October 19-20.

The piece is part of a sale held in collaboration with the National Pastime Museum, which is auctioning off 485 lots from across the sport's history.

It was used between 1917 and 1921, when Jackson was playing with the Chicago White Sox.

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It's valued at $500,000-700,000.

That's just below his record, set at $956,000 in 2014 for a bat he used in his rookie season in 1911.

The record for any baseball bat is held by the one Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923. It made $1.2m in a 2004 auction.

Other items include various pieces of memorabilia from the Negro Leagues and an 1898 contract for Lizzie Stride, the first woman to play in a regular league game.  

The auction house says: "The sale is the largest collection of baseball ephemera to appear at an international auction house in more than 15 years."

Laura Paulson, chairman of Christie's Americas, comments: "The collection, one of the most comprehensive and distinguished of its kind, includes extraordinary offerings that chronicle the profound social and cultural significance of America's National Pastime."

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