A pocket watch that was given to Babe Ruth in 1923 is displayed at Heritage Auctions office in Dallas, in this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo. The watch from the 1923 World Series sold for $717,000 Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 at auction in New York City.
Babe Ruth's pocket watch from the 1923 World Series has sold for $717,000 at auction in New York City.
Heritage Auctions said the pentagonal 14-karat gold watch was bought Saturday by a telephone bidder who is remaining anonymous.
The timepiece was part of a set given to Ruth and his Yankees teammates after they beat their rivals, the New York Giants, in the 1923 World Series.
The Ruth watch is engraved with a picture of a pitcher, hitter and catcher and a ball in flight.
It is inscribed, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to George H. Ruth.''
Another highlight of the auction was a 1911 game-used bat from "Shoeless'' Joe Jackson. It sold for $956,000.
Jackson was banned from baseball after he and his Chicago White Sox teammates were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.