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Claudia Williams says her dad’s intent was always to auction the items for charity.

“I’m rather certain, in his last year with the Red Sox, he earned less than $100,000,” she said. “So, my dad was always amazed at the sale prices garnered from sales of sports memorabilia.”

Hunt said the auction caps a process that began nearly six years ago when his company did some appraisals for her.

Claudia Williams, Hunt said, had discussed selling some of the items with her father and brother, who both supported the idea. That occurred before Ted Williams died in 2002, followed by his son in 2004.

The 10-year anniversary of Williams‘ death at age 83 and Fenway Park’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations provided an ideal timing for the auction, Hunt said.

Claudia kept things that are important to her, donated things to museums … Why not do this in celebration of his life, benefit the charity that he loved and make it a positive thing for everybody,” Hunt said.

Claudia Williams said: “I am incredibly proud of my father. My father lived a wonderful life, and did all he could for his fans, his country, and his family.”

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