Basketball legend Michael Jordan's jersey sells for KSh1.2billion

for Tv47 Digital September 16, 2022, 09:01 AM
Michael Jordan jersey
Michael Jordan in action for the Bulls and left, the Number 23 jersey that has set a record. PHOTOS/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Previous record was held by soccer great Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' jersey which sold for KSh1.1 billion.
  • Michael Jordan is considered by many as basketball's greatest ever player.

A jersey won by basketball great Michael Jordan in the opening game of the 1998 NBA Finals has sold for over $10 million (KSh1.2 billion) at an auction. 

This sale, conducted on Thursday September 15, is the most expensive piece of game-worn sports memorabilia in history. The price unseats that of Argentine football great Diego Maradona's shirt which he wore during the “Hand of God” game against England at the 1986 World Cup. That piece sold for $9.2 (KSh1.1billion). 

The Jordan jersey was sold by auction firm Sotheby’s. 

“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables is quoted by the Guardian as saying. “Finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scant and the [1998] finals are arguably the most coveted of them all.”

The 1998 NBA finals featured Jordan's Chicago Bulls against their then arch-rivals Utah Jazz. Chicago won the series 4-2. 

Jordan is considered by many as basketball's greatest ever player. His exploits are chronicled in the Netflix documentary 'The Last Dance', alongside teammates Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, Isaiah Thomas, and coach Phil Jackson among others. 

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