CHICAGO -- Outfielder Matt Szczur's painting of the final out of Game 7 of the World Series was auctioned off for $35,000 at the Cubs' Bricks and Ivy Ball, held Wednesday night at Navy Pier. The event raised more than $2.2 million for Cubs Charities.
Szczur was surprised at how much his painting garnered. He posted on Twitter: "Honored and humbled that my first painting was auctioned off for $35,000 for such a great cause. Thank you @cubs and cubs charities for allowing me to give back and be a part of something special."
Other items auctioned off included a World Series trophy tour. Two of these tours sold for $60,000 each, and they will allow a fan to display the championship trophy at their home or office for two hours. The winner can invite friends, take photos, host a party or simply stare at it.
Another top seller was a collection of autographed baseballs from the 27 players who have hit 500 home runs. That was auctioned off at $100,000, and the set includes players from every decade since the 1900s, including Ernie Banks, Jimmie Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr and Babe Ruth. All of the balls have been authenticated.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.