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Michael Jordan jersey $10.1 million Sotheby’s record memorabilia


Michael Jordan’s game-worn 1998 NBA Finals ‘The Last Dance’ jersey from game 1 is on display during a press preview at Sotheby’s on September 06, 2022 in Recent York City.

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A jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan in the primary game of the 1998 NBA Finals has sold for $10.1 million, breaking the record for game-worn sports memorabilia.

The jersey can also be the costliest Jordan item ever sold, surpassing an autographed card that sold for $2.7 million. Sotheby’s had expected as much as a $5 million winning bid, but 20 offers drove the value to double that estimate.

Jordan wore the jersey on the approach to his sixth NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls, a journey chronicled in the favored TV series “The Last Dance.” On the time, the 1998 Finals were the most-watched in history, as viewers across the globe tuned in to see the star’s last run with the likes of Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr.

The Bulls lost the sport that featured this $10.1 million jersey, falling to the Utah Jazz despite Jordan’s 33-point performance. The sport was in Utah and the Bulls donned their iconic red away-game jerseys. The Jordan-led team ended up taking the series 4-2, and Jordan grabbed his sixth NBA Finals MVP.

Earlier this yr, a shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial “Hand of God” goal against England within the 1986 World Cup sold for $9.3 million.

Sotheby’s reported “a latest generation of collectors” in announcing the sale of Jordan’s jersey on Thursday. Along with physical collectibles, the Recent York-based auction house has pushed to modernize, auctioning NFTs and even boasting its own metaverse location.

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