Even in retirement, Michael Jordan continues to panic the counters: evidenced by the mad sum paid by a collector to acquire one of his jerseys.
Removed from the courts for nearly two decades, Michael Jordan has nonetheless broken a new record. A jersey worn by the NBA legend during his last 1997-98 season with the Chicago Bulls has indeed been sold at auction for more than 10 million dollars, establishing a new benchmark, according to Sotheby’s.
While the jersey of the six-time NBA champion had initially been estimated between three and five million dollars by Sotheby’s, the auctions soared for eight days to the point of exceeding the bar of 10 million dollars. It is “a new record for a basketball jersey at auction, a record for any previously worn, heritage sporting item, and the most expensive item ever sold in Michael’s collection. Jordan”, according to the New York house.
Stronger than Maradona
“The enthusiasm was palpable among sports fans but also among collectors eager to own a rare piece of history”welcomed one of the managers of Sotheby’s, Brahm Wachter, underlining “the incomparable name and legacy of Michael Jordan, still relevant almost 25 years later”.
The $10.1 million established by the sale of the former Bulls player’s jersey surpasses the record broken last spring by the jersey worn by Diego Maradona in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup between Argentina and England. A meeting marked by the famous ” hand of God “.