Bidding on disputed ball runs through Oct. 27

Updated: October 19, 2004, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- The online auction for Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball began Monday, and bidding quickly topped $100,000.

The ball was placed on an auction site at Overstock.com through noon on Oct. 27. Bids began at $1 at noon Monday. There had been 110 bids by Monday night.

The top bid was up to $122,210 by 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Steve Williams got the ball after a scramble in the left-center field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17. Timothy Murphy has sued Williams, saying he should get the ball because he had it locked behind his knees while at the bottom of a scrum before Williams swiped it.

A judge refused to hold up the sale, freeing Williams to sell it. Attorneys for Murphy said they are continuing with their suit.

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

Williams considered several auction companies before settling on an Overstock contract, the terms of which are confidential. The closeout retailer opened its auction branch just three weeks earlier.

Williams, of Pacifica, Calif., has committed to donating 10 percent of auction proceeds over $200,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco.


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