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Christy Mathewson tea service sold at auction for $15,000

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AUSTIN, Texas - A sterling silver tea and coffee set that belonged to Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson drew a winning bid of $15,000 at auction in Austin.

Spokeswoman Amy McMurrough says the bid came from an unidentified phone bidder during the auction Saturday by the Austin Auction Gallery.

Auction officials say the tea set was presented to Mathewson in 1917 and is one of the few surviving baseball memorabilia in the family. Much of the family's collection was destroyed in a 1950 house explosion and fire that killed the son of the New York Giants pitching great in San Antonio.

Meanwhile, McMurrough said a Saudi Arabian sword once presented to former Texas football coach Darrell Royal did not sell at auction Saturday and will be available for individual sale.

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