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Baseballs Decorated by Famed Sports Artist Sell for Nearly $500,000 at Auction

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A collection of baseball-themed work by sports artist LeRoy Neiman hits a grand slam on the auction block.

One hundred and twenty-nine decorated baseballs sold for nearly $500,000 during online bidding through Heritage Auctions.

Neiman created the collection for his friend over the course of 30 years.

He used mostly magic markers to capture some of the game's greatest players.

The top selling ball went for $95,600 and depicts a drawing of Marilyn Monroe.

It was signed by her second husband, Yankees great Joe DiMaggio.

Also of note was a ball illustrating Bobby Thomson's "shot heard 'round the world," which sold for nearly $27,000.

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