Texas Baseball Ranch August 2017

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Winding Down and Gearing Up PAGE 1 “Start with the Pain™” PAGE 2 Test Your Athletic Prowess PAGE 2 The Myth of Perfect Mechanics PAGE 3 This Month in Baseball History PAGE 3 They Spent How Much? PAGE 4

THEY SPENT HOW MUCH? Expensive Auctions From the Entertainment World

JAMES NAISMITH’S FOUNDING RULES OF BASKETBALL Price Paid: $4,338,500

When you’re a fan of something, it’s only natural that you’d want to broadcast your affection. People collect everything from coins to baseball cards, and some fans with deep pockets have an unlimited willingness to shell out for collectibles. Here are a few of the most expensive, extravagant auction purchases from the world of arts and entertainment.

Unlike most sports, the game of basketball has a definitive inventor in James A. Naismith. His handwritten copy of the game’s original rules, written in 1891, is the founding document of one of America’s favorite pastimes. Given the fervor sports fans show for memorabilia, it’s no surprise that these rules were a hot-ticket item.

“INTERCHANGE” BY WILLEM DE KOONING AND “NUMBER 17A” BY JACKSON POLLOCK Price Paid: $500 Million

A DRESS WORN BY MARILYN MONROE Price Paid: $1,267,500

When it comes to eyebrow-raising amounts of money, there’s no topping the world of fine art. In 2015, hedge fund investor Ken Griffin wanted to acquire two abstract expressionist masterpieces from record mogul David Geffen, and he didn’t baulk at the half-billion-dollar asking price.

There are few more iconic 20th- century pop culture stars than Marilyn Monroe, and one of her most famous moments was singing “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy. The dress she wore on that evening currently reigns as the most expensive item of clothing ever sold.

LOCKS OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S HAIR Price Paid: $115,000

While this item might not stretch into the millions, it’s certainly among the weirdest high- end auction purchases. It’s hard to believe someone would invest so much just to own a few strands of the King’s hair.

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