Items relating to sports heroes Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Jim Brown and Rick Barry were among the top sellers at the January auction for Broadway Ricks Strike Zone, but it was a superheros cape that stole the show. A red cape worn by George Reeves in the 1950s Superman TV series sold for $22,226 (with buyers premium) to capture the top honors in the auction.
The rare cape had been on display for more than a decade at the Superman Museum in Metropolis, Ill. It was given to the museum by Whitney Ellsworth, the director of the TV series. The auction generated more than $970,000 in sales, the largest in company history. A dozen other items sold for five figures in the auction, paced by a rare game-used Brown jersey that sold for $26,893. Mantles signed 1959 contract with the Yankees garnered $18,521. Meanwhile, a Gehrig game-used bat checked in at $18,306 and a Pee Wee Reese game-used Dodgers jersey sold for $17,259.