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Joe DiMaggio 1951 World Series ring goes up for auction – possibly stolen or never worn

Oct 30, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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If you ever wanted to own a World Series ring earned by the “Yankee Clipper”, there is an auction for that.

A 1951 World Series ring earned by DiMaggio in the last “Subway Series” between the Giants/Yankees could fetch between $50,000-$100,000 when the online auction for it ends on November 7th.

As you might figure from the title of this article, there seems to be some doubt if the ring was actually ever owned by DiMaggio or if it possibly stolen from him back in the 1960’s:

Sports-memorabilia auctioneer David Hunt says the ring has been held for decades by the family of an executive of the Dieges & Clust jewelry company.

According to one story, DiMaggio — who had several other Yankee World Series rings — passed on the first design of this particular ring. “Joe told the salesman, ‘I want something else,’ ” said Hunt.

Then there’s the possibility the ring was stolen. Morris Engelberg, DiMaggio’s lawyer and friend, suspects the 1951 ring is one of several heisted from DiMaggio’s room at the Lexington Hotel in the early 1960s.

Despite issues with the ring, the sale continues on and the current bid is over $5,o00.


Controversial Joe DiMaggio 1951 World Series ring goes up for auction [New York Post]