Most expensive shirt ever! |
Jordan jersey sells for record price
The auction house Sotheby’s in New York sold a shirt worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan (59 today) for this unbelievable sum (around ten million euros).
A new record for a sports collectible!
Jordan wore the number 23 red jersey for his Chicago Bulls team in the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals series. The Bulls won the series against the Utah Jazz 4-2. However, Jordan and his team lost the first game in Salt Lake City (85:88 aet).
In the end, however, it was Jordan’s sixth and last championship with the Bulls.
According to Sotheby’s, there were around 20 bids for the shirt. However, it is not known who made the bid for $10.1 million. The auction house originally assumed a value of around five million dollars.
Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Brooklyn-born shooting guard not only won six NBA championships (1991-1993, 1996-1998), but also twice Olympic gold with the USA (1984, 1992). MJ has also garnered numerous individual awards throughout his career, including five NBA Most Valuable Player MVPs, six Finals MVPs, 14 All-Star nominations, three All-Star MVPs, nine NBA All-Defensive Team awards, and twice winner of the slam dunk contest at All-Star Weekend.
Sotheby’s auctioned a pair of Jordan basketball shoes last year for almost $1.5 million.
The most expensive jersey ever auctioned was a jersey by football legend Diego Maradona († 60) from 1986. A few months ago, someone was willing to put 8.4 million euros on the table for the item of clothing. In it, Maradona had scored his legendary goal with the “Hand of God”.
In the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals against England (2-1), Maradona scored an illegal goal with his hand. The World Cup goal of the century followed just three minutes later. After dribbling over 60 meters, in which Maradona played around the entire English team plus goalkeeper Peter Shilton, the Argentinian icon pushed the ball into an empty goal. Gary Lineker’s goal was not enough for the English. Argentina later triumphed in the World Cup final in Mexico City 3-2 against the German team led by team boss Franz Beckenbauer. Maradona wasn’t among the goalscorers though…