Alleged Nude Photo Of Yankees Legend Joe DiMaggio Up For Auction
NEW YORK (WFAN) — With the Anthony Weiner sexting saga still bulging at the seams, perhaps it’s apropos that an alleged nude photo of a Yankees great has hit the auction scene.
Lelands.com, an auction house based out of Long Island, is selling what they describe as an image of “Joe DiMaggio shown in all his glory basking in the showers of Yankee Stadium.”
Their website boasts: “Obviously aware of being photographed in such a state, he is seen smiling for the camera … a young Joe, perhaps still in the 1930s, still in his purest youth. We are not sure how the photo made it to this point but it is 100% authentic, first generation and vintage.”
Leylands CEO Josh Evans told the New York Daily News he acquired the photo six months ago from an anonymous seller.
“I could never imagine Joe DiMaggio, this private individual, ever letting anyone take a photo of him in the nude with someone next to him,” Morris Engelberg, the lawyer for DiMaggio’s estate, told the paper.
Evans said though he was hesitant to sell the image, “When you see a picture of Joe DiMaggio you know it’s Joe DiMaggio.”
Engelberg doesn’t agree.
“When Joe DiMaggio went to the bathroom in a restaurant, I always had to escort him,” he argued. “And I made sure no one took a picture of him at the urinal.”
As of Monday morning, four bids had been made on the image ($1,331). The final gavel drops on June 24 at 9 p.m.
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