A worn-out Michael Jordan jersey from Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 Finals sold for a record $10.1 million on Thursday. according to Sotheby’s.
Sotheby’s, the prominent New York auction house, sold the eight-figure jersey the hall of fame legend wore to make it the most expensive item in sports history.
The record number beats soccer legend Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup “Hand of God” jersey, which sold for $9.28 million on May 4.
Jordan wore the jersey during Game 1 against the Utah Jazz on June 3, 1998, where Jordan won his sixth and final NBA championship with the Bulls, according to ESPN.
The “Jump-man” jersey for the 1998 finals joins a list of sporting memorabilia that surpasses eight figures. On August 28, legendary New York Yankees star Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps card sold for $12.6 million — far surpassing Jordan’s “Last Dance” jersey.
In July, Netflix debuted “Last Dance” – a 10-part documentary that summarizes Jordan’s historic final season with the Chicago Bulls.
The jersey now outperforms Jordan’s latest sporting memorabilia, an autographed Upper Deck Game Shirt card that sold for $2.7 million in 2021.
The same card that sold for $2.7 million previously outperformed a rare 1997 Upper Deck Game Jordan card, which sold for nearly $1.5 million at a Dallas auction house.
“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete and a testament to him as a champion and competitor,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear & Modern Collectibles.
Source : nypost.com