Press Release - February 28, 2007

Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mantle Join Forces on Rare Baseball in Heritage Auction!

Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries’ Sports Collectibles division will present an incredible baseball bearing the autographs of iconic celebrity couple Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe with a young Mickey Mantle in their upcoming May 5, 2007 Signature Auction to be held in Dallas, Texas.

The discovery of this special sphere, believed to have been signed at the New York Yankees spring training grounds in Florida in 1952, comes on the heels of the Heritage Auction Galleries’ sale of a baseball signed by DiMaggio and Monroe alone for a World Record-setting price of $191,200 in May of 2006.

“While we don’t expect this baseball to overtake the record-setting Joe and Marilyn ball, an argument could be made that the addition of Mantle makes it an even more desirable collectible,” explained Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Memorabilia Auctions for Heritage Auction Galleries. “After all, you’re talking about three of the most iconic figures of the era here.”

Joining the trio of historic autographs are those of the rest of the New York Yankees team, with Hall of Famers like Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Johnny Mize among the signers.

The baseball carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.

Heritage Auction Galleries’ Sports division specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auctions are currently being accepted.

Prospective consignors and sellers of vintage sports memorabilia are invited to visit Or simply contact one of our Consignment Directors:

Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email:

Mike Gutierrez at 800-872-6467 Ext. 183 or email:

Mark Jordan at 800-872-6467 Ext. 187 or email:

Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email:

To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 150, or visit to order by email.

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