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Babe Ruth Signed Contract for The Babe Ruth Story

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $38,187.50

Extremely significant four-page contract, dated June 18, 1947, between E. P. Dutton & Sons (publishers), and Babe Ruth (author) and Bob Considine (collaborator), for The Babe Ruth Story . The Babe Ruth Story is the only authorized account of Ruth's life by him, and one of baseball literature's classics. The contract calls for Ruth and Considine to deliver the completed manuscript by September 15, 1947. The agreement further stipulates that the publisher will pay the authors fifteen percent of the retail price for each book sold at regular price in the United States, as well as other royalties on foreign rights and later editions. It is also agreed that the authors will receive an advance of $2,500 at the signing of the contract, and another $2,500 on delivery of the completed manuscript. All payments made to the authors are to be in the following ratio: “Seventy-Five Percent (75%) to George Herman Ruth and Twenty-Five Percent (25%) to Robert Considine.” An added clause at the end of the contract grants all motion picture, radio broadcasting, and television rights to Ruth alone. The contract has been signed in black fountain pen on page three by “George H. Ruth (grading “9”),” Considine, Elliot Macrae (president of E. P. Dutton & Sons) and three witnesses. The Babe Ruth Story was published in April 1948, and, as the dust jacket explicitly proclaims, was the only authorized story of Ruth’s life. Ruth was quite ill at the time this agreement was signed, thus it’s no surprise that the book was published less than a year later. Fittingly, Ruth dedicated the book to “the kids of America.” The Babe Ruth Story received the Golden Book award and earned a Golden Scroll award for the publishers. Ruth was wise to negotiate for the exclusive motion picture rights to the work, for the film by the same title was also released shortly after his death in August 1948. The contract (8.5 x 14 inches) displays three horizontal folds, light creasing throughout, and minor tears along the fold lines and edges. In Very Good condition. Accompanied by a 1949 edition of the book (with dust jacket) that is ideal for display together with the contract. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $38,187.50

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