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James Naismith's rules sold at auction

Updated: December 10, 2010, 4:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A historic document that details the original rules of basketball, written 119 years ago as a winter sport for boys of a Massachusetts YMCA, was sold for more than $4 million on Friday to raise money for charity.

James Naismith wrote the 13 rules while a physical education instructor at the Christian association.

"Basketball is a pure invention," said Selby Kiffer, senior specialist in American history documents at Sotheby's, where the rules were being sold by the Naismith ...

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