The 1997-98 season, which was the second retirement for Michael Jordan, who is described as the “god of basketball”, is called “Last Dance” and is still handed down as one of the many Jordan legends.
That year was a special series in Jordan’s career as the Chicago Bulls won their second straight Finals. The jersey worn by Jordan in the first leg of the legendary series will go up for auction this fall.
Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the ’97-98 #NBA season, one of the most significant items from #MichaelJordan’s career and final year with the Chicago Bulls is headed to auction this fall: Jordan’s iconic 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey
Bidding opens 6 September pic.twitter.com/y30rQ6UDoa
— Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) August 10, 2022
Auction house Sotheby’s has announced that bidding for the jersey worn by Jordan in Game 1 of the 1997-98 NBA Finals will begin on September 6.
The Bulls, who played against the Utah Jazz for the second year in a row, won the finals with 4 wins and 2 losses, and achieved their second consecutive victory. Jordan, who scored 45 points in the final sixth game, closed the series with 5.2 seconds remaining in the jump shot, which is famous as the “last shot”.
The Last Shot.
The jersey that was worn at that time is the jersey that will be exhibited this time. Jordan scored 33 points in the first game at the enemy territory, but the team lost 82-86.
Jordan has made six appearances in the Finals, but this is the second time the Finals jersey has been put up for auction. The expected successful bid price is between 3 million and 5 million dollars (approximately 400 million to 666 million yen), which is expected to be the highest ever for a Jordan-related auction. A quarter of a century has passed since “Last Dance”, but Jordan is still extremely popular. I wonder how much the bid will be this time.
By the way, as of August 2022, the highest amount in sports-related auctions is the jersey worn by former Argentine national team FW Diego Maradona when he scored the “God’s Hand Goal”. It was sold for £7,142,500 (approximately ¥1,160 million) in May of this year.