Give me an N. Give me a Y. (for a the highest bid)
Give me an N. Give me a Y. (for a the highest bid) This photo shows the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York (AP photos)
Give me an N. Give me a Y. (for a the highest bid)
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Some very big, familiar pieces of New York City sports history are going on the auction block, courtesy of a baseball star.

The 10-foot high letters spelled "Yankee Stadium." They were atop the original Bronx ballpark. Now they are being offered for sale at Sotheby's on April 1. The auction house has estimated that the letters will sell for $300,000 to $600,000.

The owner is Yankee legend Reggie Jackson.

Jackson's nickname is Mr. October. That's because of his performances during World Series games in that month. Jackson bought the letters after the Yankees' last game at the stadium in 2008. They had adorned the ballpark, which was built in 1923, since 1976. So they were there when Jackson hit three consecutive home runs in the sixth game of the 1977 World Series.

The 68-year-old Hall of Famer currently is at spring training with the Yankees in Tampa, Florida. He said through Sotheby's that he wanted "a new generation to own and enjoy this icon of the Yankees and of New York City."

"There were a few items I wanted to purchase before the old Yankee Stadium was torn down," he said. Those included his locker and a section of the bleachers where blacks were once forced to sit. "But I kept thinking about the stadium lettering, and if there was any way for me to own it. I ended up making an offer and was thrilled when it was accepted. It's been a privilege to own such a recognizable piece of baseball history."

Sotheby's would not say how much Jackson paid for the letters.

Potential buyers will have to think about where to put the monumental letters. They range from 2 to 10 feet in width. They light up electric blue. They are constructed of aluminum casing with Plexiglas inserts.

The "N'' and "Y'' will be displayed on the seventh floor of Sotheby's Manhattan galleries beginning March 26.

They will be part of Sotheby's "New York Sale" auction. It will include photos, prints, jewelry and other city-related material.

Critical thinking challenge: Why might Sotheby's be reluctant to say how much Jackson paid for the letters?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/give-me-n-give-me-y-highest-bid/

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COMMENTS (31)
  • APangaro-1
    3/24/2015 - 10:32 p.m.

    The letters spelling "Yankee Stadium" that are 10 feet high are now on sale at Sotheby's on April 1st. These letters range from two to ten feet in width. The estimated price that the letters will sell for is between $300,000 and $600,000. The owner of these letters is Reggie Jackson, a Yankee legend. The "N" and the "Y" are going to be displayed on the seventh floor of Sotheby's starting March 26th. A Hall of Famer made an offer and was thrilled when it was accepted. I think that these letters will easily sell for that much.

  • ConnerC-Kut
    3/26/2015 - 07:44 a.m.

    I am a little bit surprised that they let Reggie Jackson buy actual parts of the stadium before it was torn down. I'm wondering myself how much those letters will be sold for at that auction. I think that they really should not sell those letters in the auction. isn't there some sort of museum those could go in? I think so. All I'm pretty much saying is that these pieces of history shouldn't be sold to the highest bidder at some auction for $300,000-$600,000.

  • JordanK-Kut
    3/26/2015 - 03:00 p.m.

    I am a HUGE fan of baseball! I think it is so cool that a famous baseball player that once played in that stadium got to keep part of the history of that stadium. This is a piece of history that I bet so many people would love to have! I bet that many people are happy that this piece of history is at least going to someone who will take good care of it. I think that many people will want to buy these letters of history to have.

  • HudsonC-3
    3/26/2015 - 09:10 p.m.

    The letters spelling Yankees Stadium are now on sale. These letters are ten feet tall and two feet wide. These letters will be estimated for 300,000 dollars and rising. The owner of these letters is Mr. October also known as Reggie Jackson. He hit three consecutive homers in the sixth game of the world-series. I think the letters should be given to charity. I hope the money is also given to charity.

  • RyanD-Kut
    3/26/2015 - 09:47 p.m.

    I am still wondering who will buy the stadium and the letters that spell out Yankee stadium and how much the stadium and the letters will sell for

  • Sydneygg-4
    3/26/2015 - 10:40 p.m.

    The letters spelling "Yankee Stadium" that are 10 feet high are now on sale at Sotheby's on April 1st. These letters range from two to ten feet in width. The estimated price that the letters will sell for is between $300,000 and $600,000. The owner of these letters is Reggie Jackson, a Yankee legend. The "N" and the "Y" are going to be displayed on the seventh floor of Sotheby's starting March 26th. A Hall of Famer made an offer and was thrilled when it was accepted. I think that these letters will easily sell for that much.

  • ConnorK-2
    3/26/2015 - 11:27 p.m.

    Who would want a humongous, vibrant, neon, letter? Well, die-hard baseball fans might. The ten foot high letters that spelled "Yankee stadium" are going to be auctioned at Sotheby's on April 1st. The auction house predicts that each letter will sell for $300,00 to $600,000. The owner of these letters is none other than, Reggie Jackson. He wanted to purchase a variety of objects from the Yankee Stadium before it is torn down. These items include his locker, and the bleachers the African-Americans were forced to sit on when segregation was more prominent. The people who are thinking of purchasing a letter will have to carefully decide where to put them, because of their enormous size. The "N" and "Y" will be displayed in the Sotheby's Manhattan gallery stating on March twenty six. It's a bit depressing hearing the Yankee Stadium will be torn down, it's a piece of history.

  • AshleyBB-3
    3/27/2015 - 02:23 a.m.

    The letters spelling "Yankee Stadium" that are 10 feet high are now on sale at Sotheby's on April 1st. These letters range from two to ten feet in width. The estimated price that the letters will sell for is between $300,000 and $600,000. The owner of these letters is Reggie Jackson, a Yankee legend. The "N" and the "Y" are going to be displayed on the seventh floor of Sotheby's starting March 26th. A Hall of Famer made an offer and was thrilled when it was accepted. I think that these letters will easily sell for that much.

  • jacobf-1
    3/29/2015 - 11:17 p.m.

    The 10-foot high letters spelled "Yankee Stadium" all be auctioned on April first. The estimated price will range from $300,000 to $600,000. Reggie Jackson, who bought the letters, wanted a new generation to own and enjoy the icon of the Yankees and New York City. The buyers will have to think where to place the letters. They range from 2 to 10 feet in width. They light up electric blue. They are constructed of aluminum casing with Plexiglas inserts. I think that selling the letters will profit Jackson a lot.

  • BrynnDani
    3/30/2015 - 03:49 p.m.

    I can totally understand why some people would feel sentimental about the stadium but paying so much for a letter seems a little silly to me. That being said, some people may feel differently. Baseball is a very popular sport with many dedicated fans and this stadium is a big part of he sport.

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