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    1944 Georgia Tech Team Signed "Five-Million Dollar" Sugar Bowl Game Used Football. The most expensive piece of sports memorabilia in the world. An Atlanta banker won this ball, used in Georgia Tech's dramatic Sugar Bowl victory over Tulsa in 1944, with a bid of $5,000,000, invested in war bonds to help the boys overseas. His generosity earned him ownership of the historic pigskin, and a kiss from silver screen star Jane Withers. Withers posed with the ball in a 1944 newspaper and another photograph, both of which are included in this lot. Happily, the ball, which no longer holds air, shows little difference in appearance from the day it was held aloft by the eighteen-year old girl who used to play opposite Shirley Temple in films during the 1930s. Twenty-three of the men who earned that historic twenty to eighteen victory on New Year's Day, 1944 appear in jet black fountain pen, including W.A. Alexander, Bobby Dodd, Mike Benton, Bob Gaston, Charlie Hoover, Mickey Logan and Frank Broyles. If it was worth five million dollars six decades ago, imagine what this ball is worth now! Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    May, 2015
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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