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October 27, 2004

Auction Ends for Bonds' 700th Homer Ball


Filed at 2:39 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants slugger Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball drew a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction.

The baseball had received 240 offers by the time closed the bidding. The identity of the new owner, a bidder nicknamed ``bomasterj,'' was not immediately made public.

Holly MacDonald, vice president of auctions at, said the site's policy is to verify that the highest bidder has the means and intention to make the purchase before declaring a winner.

The seller, baseball fan Steve Williams, got the ball after a scramble in the bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17 -- a mad dash that may have enriched him but also landed him in court. Timothy Murphy has sued Williams, saying he should get the ball because he had it locked behind his knees before Williams swiped it.

A San Francisco judge refused to hold up the sale, freeing Williams to auction it. Murphy is pressing ahead with the lawsuit, seeking the proceeds from the ball's sale.

Bonds became the first member of the 700-homer club in 31 years. He now has 703 career home runs, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

In 2001, Bonds' record-setting 73rd homer of the season sparked litigation that ended when a judge ordered two men who claimed ownership to split the $450,000 the ball fetched.

Comic strip creator Todd McFarlane paid $3.2 million for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball in 1999.