Steel company owner buys Heisman for pleasure, business
February 18, 1999
Web posted at: 7:12 p.m. EST (0012 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A Philadelphia steel company owner has
bought O.J. Simpson's Heisman trophy -- partly to impress his
Tom Kreissman, 47, showed up Thursday at the auction house of
Butterfield and Butterfield to pick up the trophy.
He made the winning bid by phone at Tuesday
night's auction, $230,000 plus a 15 percent sales
"I wanted to impress my girlfriend, and also it's an
investment," he said. He expects to
lock up the trophy after "the novelty wears off" and
sell it later.
"The reason I bought it is because of everything it
represents as far as the trial of the century and O.J.'s
whole career ... the tragedy that was his life. And I just
think in the future it is going to be worth a lot of money,"
"It's got a whole mystique about it, and to be able to own
something like that, I don't think there is anything bad
connected with it, I really don't."
The Heisman was among approximately 70 items auctioned off by
Butterfield and Butterfield.
The 1968 Heisman Trophy was awarded by the Downtown Athletic
Club of New York when Simpson was a senior at the University
of Southern California. The Heisman is considered the most
prestigious award in college football.
Simpson was acquitted in a criminal trial but convicted
in a civil proceeding for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, whose families agreed to split
the proceeds from the sale of Simpson's seized assets.
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