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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s bloody sock goes for $92,613

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • The bloody sock worn by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is displayed at Heritage Auctions in New York, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Bidding is underway for the sock, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Schilling had loaned his sock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum but when his Rhode Island-based video game company “38 Studios” went bankrupt, he decided to sell the sock that was bloodied as he pitched on an injured ankle.

Bidding began at $25,000 on Monday. Texas-based Heritage Auctions anticipated it would get more than $100,000.

Schilling helped end Boston’s 86-year championship drought — the “Curse of the Bambino” — by pitching on an ankle that had been sutured more than once through the postseason. Pitching with a damaged tendon resulted in bleeding through the sock. Still, Schilling allowed only a run in six innings.

The right-hander made $114 million over an 18-year career with Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston but defaulted on a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island.

Schilling’s company was lured away from Massachusetts to Providence after Rhode Island’s economic development agency in 2010 approved a $75 million loan guarantee. The company ran out of money less than two years later and filed for bankruptcy. Rhode Island is facing a tab of approximately $100 million related to the deal, including interest, and the agency is suing Schilling and others, saying it was misled.

Even with the large sale price, Rhode Island is not getting the proceeds from the sale. Schilling listed the sock as bank collateral in a bankruptcy filing in Massachusetts after investing roughly $50 million in the company and losing all his baseball earnings.

The sock up for sale was actually the second of two. The more famous one was stained when Schilling pitched through an ankle injury during Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series against the New York Yankees; that sock is said to have been discarded at Yankee Stadium.

Schilling’s sock was the second notable piece of Red Sox memorabilia to be auctioned off in the last year. The ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series was projected to sell for $100,000 but fetched $418,000.

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