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Football used in second half of 'Deflategate' game up for sale at auction

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game in Foxborough, Mass. in this Jan 18, 2015 photo. Photo Credit: AP / Charles Krupa

A properly inflated ball from the game in which Tom Brady used underinflated footballs is up for auction.

Bidding starts at $25,000 in the auction running through July 17.

An NFL-commissioned report found that during a halftime examination, 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots offense were under the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The balls were re-inflated for the second half against the Indianapolis Colts.

The ball being auctioned was used on a third-quarter touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount in New England's 45-7 win over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game. He dropped it and teammate Brandon LaFell picked it up and handed it to a fan, according to Lelands, which is running the auction.

The NFL fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks. A hearing before Commissioner Roger Goodell on Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension is scheduled for Tuesday.

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