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Michael Jordan jersey from NBA Finals of his ‘magnum opus’ season to be auctioned in September

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A jersey that Michael Jordan wore during a 1998 NBA Finals game in Utah will probably be auctioned by Sotheby’s online from Sept. 6-14. With a presale estimate of between $3 million and $5 million, it is going to be the most costly price for a Jordan jersey, or any piece of Jordan memorabilia, the auction house said.

Jordan wore the red “away” jersey on June 3, 1998, an 88-85 loss to the Utah Jazz. Jordan played for 45 minutes in the sport, essentially the most minutes of any contest within the series —and sent the sport to extra time, scoring 33 points.

The Bulls, led by Jordan, would go on to win their sixth NBA championship. The 1997-98 season has since been known as “The Last Dance,” and was the topic of a 2020 ESPN/Netflix
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From the archives (May 2020): Michael Jordan memorabilia explodes amid ‘Last Dance’ popularity

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The jersey offered on the market was prominently shown throughout the Episode 10 of the series, and was featured on the quilt of Sports Illustrated on June 15, 1998, Sotheby’s said.

“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear department, said in a press release. “Finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scant, and the 1997-1998 Finals are arguably essentially the most coveted of all of them.”  

“The Last Dance” series has helped fuel the auction marketplace for Jordan memorabilia. In October 2021, a pair of Nike Air Ships sneakers worn by Jordan sold for a US$1.47 million at a Sotheby’s auction, a record price for a pair of Jordan sneakers. 

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The very best price paid for any piece of Jordan memorabilia is US$2.6 million for a rare trading card from 1997-98, which was sold through Goldin Auctions in October 2021.

Sneaker Con co-founder Yu-Ming Wu and Hayden Sharitt, a 21-year-old resale business owner, take us contained in the industry where some sellers make thousands and thousands of dollars on pre-owned shoes, as they attend a sneaker trading show in Cleveland. Photo/Illustration: Tyler Clark/Drew Evans

The most useful jersey, or of any sport memorabilia at auction, is a shirt Diego Maradona’s wore within the 1986 World Cup, which fetched US$9.3 million in May at Sotheby’s London.  

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The 1998 Jordan Finals jersey will probably be on public view in Monterey, Calif., from Aug. 17-20 to coincide with RM Sotheby’s flagship automotive auction. It’ll return to Sotheby’s Recent York for exhibition from Sept. 6-12.

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