- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks.

Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off. Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in February.

He’s donating the socks and an autographed photograph from the coin flip to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Diocese says the winning bidder will also get a personalized letter from the former president, who is a longtime summer resident of Kennebunkport. The auction will take place at a Diocese ball in Portland on Friday.

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