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Famous US basketball player Michael Jordan’s Game 1 jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals sold at auction for $10.1 million.

Sotheby’s said in a statement Thursday that the red number 23 jersey for Jordan’s “Last Dance” season with the Chicago Bulls has won 20 individual bids.

The sale also set a new record for basketball jerseys sold at auction, making the jersey the most valuable piece of Jordan memorabilia ever sold.

Sotheby’s said, “This historic jersey was worn in perhaps the most famous season of Jordan’s legendary and storied career. made it solid.

The jersey is one of two of Jordan’s NBA Finals jerseys up for auction, according to the auction house.

Interest in Jordan’s 1998 season was rekindled after the 2020 release of the ESPN/Netflix documentary The Last Dance.

The 1998 NBA Finals, when the Karl Malone-John Stockton-led Bulls faced the Utah Jazz, was the most-watched NBA Finals series of all time.

It’s also a testament to Jordan being a competitor, a sportsman and a teammate.

“Once again, today’s record-breaking results cemented Michael Jordan as the undisputed GOAT with a staggering 20 bids. [Greatest of All Time]His name and unparalleled legacy have proven to be just as relevant almost 25 years ago,” said Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and contemporary collectibles at Sotheby’s, in a statement. increase.

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On June 3, 1998, the Chicago Bulls arrived in Utah for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The home crowd was hostile to the team, but as the ESPN/Netflix documentary showed, Jordan seemed unchallenged by the pressure. The scene where he grooves to his R&B singer on the Bulls bus is now famous. Kenny Lattimore.

Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey from the famous ‘Last Dance’ season sells for $10.1 million [Courtesy of Sotheby’s]

The Bulls lost Game 1 by three points, but Jordan played 45 minutes. Sotheby’s said it was the longest of any game in the final. He also recorded 33 points to help send the game into overtime.

That season, the Bulls won their sixth NBA championship and Jordan won his sixth NBA Finals MVP award.

According to Sotheby’s, the previous record for Jordan sports memorabilia is a signed relic card from 1997-1998 that sold for $2.7 million.

Worn in Kobe Bryant’s games during the 1996-1997 season, the autographed jersey sold for $3.7 million and previously held the record for a basketball jersey.

Sotheby’s said the previous record for sporting memorabilia worn in a game was held by Diego Maradona, who sold for $9.3 million earlier this year, before a Jordan jersey sold for $10.1 million on Thursday. Set by the “Hand of God” jersey.

In recent years, the auction house has expanded into a space for sneakers and sports memorabilia.

Sotheby’s currently holds the record for the most valuable sneaker sold at auction, and last year the Nike shoes worn by Michael Jordan in his first regular season game sold for $1.5 million.

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