Famed US basketball player Michael Jordan’s Game 1 jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals has been sold at auction for $10.1m – a record for any game-worn sports memorabilia, auction house Sotheby’s has announced. The red, number-23 jersey from Jordan’s “Last Dance” season with the Chicago Bulls fetched 20 separate bids, Sotheby’s said in a statement on Thursday, which drove the price to double its $5m estimate.
Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter believes that this auction solidified Jordan as the greatest of all time. “Today’s record-breaking result… solidifies Michael Jordan as the undisputed G.O.A.T, proving his name and incomparable legacy is just as relevant as it was nearly 25 years ago,” Wachter said.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that a jersey worn by Jordan in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals was sold in a Sotheby’s auction for $10.1 million. It’s a new all-time record for any piece of sports memorabilia, exceeding a $9.28 million price paid for the late Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey from the 1986 World Cup.
A historic Chicago Bulls jersey from the 1997 NBA Finals will be featured in an upcoming auction presented by Sotheby’s. Dennis Rodman’s signed, game-used jersey from Game 6 of the ’97 Finals will be one of 16 artifacts showcased in part two of Sotheby’s online auction titled Invictus, with open bidding scheduled for September 6-14.
Additionally, Rodman’s game worn and signed record-setting ’72nd Win’ jersey from the 1995-96 season will be featured in the auction. This marked the first season Rodman spent alongside Jordan, and the duo went on to win a record 72 games in the regular season.
In search of more, rare Michael Jordan-era memorabilia? Horace Grant’s got ya covered — ’cause TMZ Sports has learned MJ’s former Chicago teammate’s three title rings he won with His Airness in the early 1990s are up for auction. The rare items come from the Bulls’ first 3-peat in 1991, 1992 and 1993 — when HG played a key role alongside Jordan and Scottie Pippen.