Michael Jordan ‘Last Dance’ jersey from 1998 NBA Finals sells for record $10.1 million at auction

A jersey worn by Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals – part of Jordan’s sacred “last dance” season that culminated with the Chicago Bulls’ victory over the Utah Jazz – sold at auction house Sotheby’s for $10.091 million.

It’s the most money ever paid for a sports memorabilia, beating the $9.28 million paid in May for the late football legend Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ jersey from the 1986 World Cup.

The “Last Dance” jersey marked Jordan’s sixth and final NBA title — and record sixth NBA Finals MVP honor — before his second retirement.

According to Sotheby’s, it’s only the second Jordan jersey from the NBA Finals to appear at auction. The previous record for a Jordan item was a 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey patch card with an on-card autograph, which sold in October 2021 for $2.7 million.

Prior to the Maradona uniform, a 2019 Babe Ruth jersey worn between 1918 and 1920 fetched $5.64 million for a match/game-worn jersey.

It’s been quite a month at the sporting goods auction. In late August, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold for $12.6 million, becoming the highest-selling sports card and the first sports collectible to break the $10 million mark.

For the time being, the “Last Dance” jersey is the only other sports collector’s item in the eight-figure range. The original projected retail price was between $3 million and $5 million.

“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete and a testament to him as a champion and competitor,” said Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s, in a statement. “Jordan final kits are remarkably sparse and that [1998] Finals are arguably the most coveted of them all.”

The previous record for an NBA jersey was $3.69 million, paid in May 2021 for one worn by Kobe Bryant during his 1996-97 rookie season.

“In the weeks since we announced the auction, there has been a palpable excitement not only from sports fans but also from collectors eager to own a rare piece of history,” Wachter said in a statement after the sale . “[The] The record-breaking result, with a staggering 20 bids, cements Michael Jordan as the undisputed GOAT and proves that his name and unparalleled legacy are just as relevant as they were nearly 25 years ago.”

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Emma Bowman

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