A jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan to win his last title with the Chicago Bulls has fetched a record tens of millions at auction.
As US auction house Sotheby’s announced on Thursday, the jersey worn by the 59-year-old during his “last dance” in the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz changed hands for $10.1 million.
It’s only the second Jordan “Last Dance” jersey to be sold at auction. The jersey with the iconic number 23 fetched the highest price ever paid for a sports jersey worn in a game. The final sum was double that previously assumed by Sotheby’s. There were 20 offers in total. The auction house did not say who the new owner is.
Jordan’s jersey exceeded the amount paid last May for a jersey worn by Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals against England, the game in which Maradona scored with the so-called ‘hand of God’.
The previous record for a game-worn basketball jersey was $3.7 million for a jersey worn by the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, according to Sotheby’s.