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Public to decide fate of Bonds' record-breaking ball

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The ball that Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record may end up getting blasted into space.

It's up for the public to decide.

Fashion designer Marc Ecko has revealed himself as Saturday's winning bidder in the online auction for the home run ball and he's taking votes to decide what to do with it.

Ecko has set up a Web site that lets visitors vote on three outcomes they think the ball most deserves. They can vote to give the ball to the Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk or "put the ball on a rocket ship and launch it into orbit." As the Web site puts it, "out of site, out of mind."

Ecko says he plans to announce the final tally after voting ends next Tuesday.

The final selling price for the ball was more than $750,00, well above most predictions.

Bonds hit the record-breaking 756th home run on August 7th. His detractors think the record is tainted because of his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Ecko says he voted to brand the ball with an asterisk.

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