Curt Schilling’s bloody sock from a 2004 baseball playoff game sold at auction for $92,613 at a live auction in New York.
Rhode Island, however, will see no money from the auction, the Associated Press reported. Schilling, the owner of defunct Providence video-game company 38 Studios, listed the sock as collateral in a Massachusetts bankruptcy filing.
An anonymous bidder submitted the winning bid at Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion. Dallas-based Heritage Auctioneers & Galleries Inc. conducted the auction.
Rhode Island taxpayers are on the hook for more than $110 million, if interest is included, because of a $75 million loan guarantee, backed by the state’s moral obligation, that the Rhode Island Economic Development Commission provided in 2010. The loan helped entice Schilling to move his company to downtown Providence from Maynard, Mass.
Fallout from the 38 Studios debacle triggered widespread resignations from the commission’s board and an overhaul of that organization.
Schilling wore the sock while pitching for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at New York’s Yankee Stadium. Boston staved off elimination that night and went on to win its first World Series title in 86 years. Schilling retired from baseball after helping the Red Sox win another World Series in 2007.