A Michael Jordan jersey from the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals sold for a record-breaking $10.1 million (£8.8 million).This is the highest price ever paid for a piece of sporting memorabilia. The item generated “palpable excitement” among sports fans and collectors, according to auction house Sotheby’s.It was reminiscent of a sporting season in which Michael Jordan won his sixth and final NBA championship, as detailed in the Netflix documentary
The Last Dance. Sotheby’s reported
Bidders were “eager to own a rarefied piece of history,” according to Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s
According to Wachter, “Today’s record-breaking outcome… solidifies Michael Jordan as the undisputed G.O.A.T, proving his name and unparalleled legacy is just as relevant as it was almost 25 years ago.” An abbreviation for “greatest of all time” is G.O.A.T.The price of the jersey broke the previous record of $9.28 million, which was paid for a shirt worn by soccer legend Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup.A Sports Illustrated magazine from June 1998, with Jordan on the cover, was also auctioned off with the item.The Chicago Bulls trailed the Utah Jazz 8588 in the first game, according to SOTHEBY’S.
He played the majority of his career for the Chicago Bulls, developed into a global icon, and contributed to the NBA’s increased notoriety.The Chicago Bulls won the following three games of the NBA Finals despite losing the first game against the Utah Jazz. Next, Utah Jazz won by a two-point margin. With only 5.2 seconds left in the sixth game, Jordan gave the Bulls the lead 87-86 and sealed his final NBA championship.
Basketball fans from all over the world applauded the comeback.Following the murder of his father in North Carolina in October 1993, Jordan abruptly ended his career in basketball.
The superstar had won three consecutive championships while leading the Chicago Bulls to seven scoring titles.
Jordan stated, “I have always stressed… that it’s time to leave when I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player.