Joe Jackson Autographed 1911 Photo Sells for $1.47 Million

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
October 9, 2021 Updated: October 9, 2021

NEW YORK—A 1911 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson autographed photograph by Frank W. Smith sold for $1.47 million, the most ever paid for a signed sports photograph.

The photo was offered by Christie’s and Hunt Auctions in New York in the auction Extra Innings: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson
An autographed photo of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson by Frank W. Smith in an undated photo. (Christie’s and Hunt Auctions via AP)

The 246-lot auction also featured a Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat with eight home run notches that sold for $1.05 million, a 1925 Lou Gehrig autographed rookie exhibit postcard that went for $687,500, and a 1952 Joe DiMaggio autographed handwritten letter to Marilyn Monroe that fetched $525,000.