Football used by Patriots in 'Deflategate' game sells for over $40,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of the balls used by the New England Patriots in the NFL’s 2015 AFC Championship game, in which the team was infamously found to have deflated footballs, sold for more than $40,000 in an auction on Saturday.

The winning bidder paid $43,740 for the ball, which receiver Brandon LaFell had handed to a couple in the crowd after a Patriots touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts in January.

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