BIDDEFORD, Maine – A collection of celebrity memorabilia including a baseball glove belonging to Babe Ruth, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse ears and Steve McQueen’s leather jacket is coming up for auction in Maine.
The dozens of items that belonged to New York TV and radio personality Joe Franklin includes dozens of hats from a bygone era: Frank Sinatra’s fedora, Charlie Chaplin’s derby, Babe Ruth’s Gatsby cap, Lucille Ball’s pillbox and John Wayne’s Stetson.
The auction will take place April 2 off the beaten path at Maine-based Saco River Auction, far from the entertainment hubs of New York City and Los Angeles.
Auctioneer Troy Thibodeau said a collector from Washington State assembled the items from Franklin’s collection.
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Franklin, who died in January 2015, encouraged his famous guests to leave a remembrance for him.