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Owner of Barry Bonds's 756th homer ball will sell it

Matt Murphy, the 21-year-old New Yorker, who caught the Barry Bonds 756th home run ball, will auction the memorabilia.

Owner of Barry Bonds's 756th homer ball will sell it Matt Murphy, who caught the record breaking Barry Bonds ball last month in San Francisco, has announced his intentions to sell the piece of baseball memorabilia. Sotheby's and SCP Auctions Inc. will be the auctioneers of the Barry Bonds homer ball and the auction will take place on the Internet on August 28th. Some experts put the price of the ball around half a million, but as always, the ball is worth exactly as much as someone is willing to pay for it.

 Murphy was unsure what to do with the ball after he was lucky to catch it, but today he announced that it will be auctioned and he will split the money with his friend, who was with him at the game.

 The steroid allegation against Barry Bonds is the likely cause of the low price, compared to other baseball memorabilia sold in the past. For example, in 1998 Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold for $3.3 million, not adjusted for inflation.

Published on 08/21/2007

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