New England Sports Network:

After months of hand-wringing, the sock that Curt Schilling bloodied after an experimental ankle surgery during the 2004 American League Championship Series is finally up for auction, according to The Associated Press. Schilling put the sock up for bidding through Heritage Auctions due to the collapse of his startup video game company, 38 Studios, on which he had numerous loans.

The auction is currently online and as of Monday bidding had reached as high as $32,500. However, live bidding will happen in New York City on Saturday, and the total price of the sock is estimated to hit upwards of six figures.

Although the state of Rhode Island is on the hook for more than $100 million, after interest, on the $75 million in loans it awarded to 38 Studios, none of the money received in the sock bidding will go to the state government. The sock was listed as collateral in a personal bank loan that Schilling took out.

As of this post, the current high bid is $60,000, which doesn’t include a 19.5% “buyer’s premium” that is tacked on to the winning bid. So technically, the high bid w/ the buyer’s premium is $71,700.

The link to the auction can be found here.

Special thanks to NoMaas visitor SP who sent us the link and inspired the title of our post