Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier is now the proud owner of the stitches that (somewhat) held the right side of Andrew Shaw's face together during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
After taking a puck to the face off a shot from Boston's Shawn Thornton, Shaw — in typical Shaw-like fashion — returned to the ice just minutes after the incident with two sets of stitches, despite the fact they did not stop the bleeding entirely.
Hours later, he looked like this:
So once the stitches were out and the wounds were healed, Shaw did what anyone who suffered from a similar ailment would do: He auctioned the stitches off on Ebay.
Maybe. But when Shaw listed them on the open market, he announced that 100 percent of the proceeds would go to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Which brings us to the next part: The auction itself.
Keep in mind it was all for a good cause, but really, how much would you expect Shaw's used stitches to go for? Try $6,500.
The auction opened on Aug. 15 with a starting price of 65 cents (get it, like his number) and an initial bid came in at $50. Just 10 days and 74 bids later, that decimal point had moved a few places to the right.
(Note: Earlier in the week, Ebay had the bidding price listed as high as $10,100, but the offer was retracted.)
With that, congratulations to Harry Caray's. Their donation will help aid cancer research and they now get to display this lovely conversation piece.