A worn Michael Jordan jersey from Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 Finals sold for a record $10.1 million 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 highest-priced item in sports memorabilia history.
The record-setting number beats out soccer legend Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey from the 1986 World Cup that sold for $9.28 million on May 4.
Jordan wore the jersey during Game 1 against the Utah Jazz on Jun. 3, 1998, where Jordan went on to win his sixth and final NBA championship with the Bulls, according to ESPN.
The “Jump-man’s” 1998 Finals jersey joins a list of sports memorabilia to surpass eight figures. On Aug. 28, New York Yankees legendary star Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps card sold for $12.6 million — far surpassing Jordan’s “Last Dance” jersey.
In July, Netflix debuted the “Last Dance” — a 10-part documentary that encapsulates Jordan’s historic final season with the Chicago Bulls.
The jersey now beats out the last record-setting Jordan sports memorabilia item, an autographed Upper Deck game jersey patch card that sold for $2.7 million in 2021.
The same card that sold for $2.7 million previously beat out a rare, signed 1997 Upper Deck Game Jordan card that went for nearly $1.5 million at a Dallas-based auction house.
“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 & Modern Collectibles said.
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