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World championship watch given to Babe Ruth after 1923 series coming to auction

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DALLAS, TX (WFIE) - The 1923 New York Yankees World Series watch given to Babe Ruth, the most iconic American athlete of all, will cross the auction block on Feb. 22 in a New York auction. It is estimated at $750,000+. 

Players often received watches or other gifts for winning championships during the era, rather than today's more common diamond rings. 

"This championship watch, which was thought lost to time, will now take its rightful place as one of the crown jewels of sports memorabilia," said Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions, which is selling the watch.  "Based on prices realized for similar historic championship hardware, I wouldn't be surprised to see it far exceed our preliminary auction estimate." 

The Ruth watch was awarded Ruth and other members of the Yankees after they stopped the cross-town rival New York Giants in six games.  It had been in a private collection for years.

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