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Company that submitted winning bid will cut up bat

Updated: December 18, 2005, 10:31 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

A bat purportedly used by Pete Rose sold on Saturday for more than $100,000 -- surpassing its auction estimate by more than tenfold.

A Rose autograph on the bat associated the piece of wood with the hit king's 159th home run, but the true jump in the bidding is believed to be a result of the auction house, Leland's, marketing it as a corked bat.

The bat was purchased for $103,631 by online gambling site GoldenPalace.com, which has a reputation for buying unique auction items.

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