Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ Chicago Bulls jersey sold for a record £8.9million fee at auction
At the auction, a legendary jersey that belonged to basketball legend Michael Jordan and was worn by him during the first game of the 1998 NBA championship fetched a record-breaking price of $10.1 million (£8.86 million). Jordan won his sixth and last NBA title during the game season known as “The Last Dance,” and the Chicago Bulls’ vest became legendary for being worn by the team throughout that season. It went on to become the most expensive piece of sportswear and sports memorabilia in history until it was surpassed by the “Hand of God” jersey worn by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup victory, which sold for £7 million.
Additionally, the red and black jersey with the number 23 stitched on it is the most valuable item that was auctioned off in Michael Jordan’s collection. The fact that it is also the best-selling baseball jersey means that the former professional basketball player has broken three new world records without even stepping foot on a basketball floor. On the website of the New York auction house Sotheby’s, the Nike Mesh vest was described as being “in outstanding condition, in accordance with us.” The winning bid was more than twice as much as the estimate, which ranged from $3 million to $5 million (£2.6 million to £4.4 million). Along with the jersey, there was a certificate of authenticity and a photograph that matched it, as well as a copy of the issue of Sports Illustrated from June 1998 that featured the jersey on the front of the magazine.
The Sotheby’s website also features a lot of older content, including images of a pair of Nike Air Jordan 9 “player sample” baseball cleats that sold at auction yesterday for more than $44,000 (£38,636) In June of 1997, the NBA Finals were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This portrait of Jordan was taken during those games. APIn June of 1997, the NBA Finals were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This portrait of Jordan was taken during those games. In 1994, after Michael Jordan had won three consecutive NBA championships and had stunned the basketball community by announcing his retirement from the sport on October 6, 1993, 13.5 black-and-white shoe sizes were custom-made to meet Jordan’s requirements.
He then began a brief career as a professional baseball player after stating his desire to alter the rules of the game. He surprised the audience by throwing a curve ball. However, the athlete returned to the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls in 1995, just nine days after officially retiring from baseball. In 1999, he announced his second retirement from the sport of basketball, claiming that he was “99.9% confident” that he would not play the game again. However, two years later, in 2001, Michael Jordan returned to the basketball court once again, playing until he retired for the third and final time in 2003. The vest worn by Michael Jordan is the most valuable item ever sold at auction.
In October of the previous year, the second pair of Nike airship trainers that Michael Jordan wore during his fifth NBA game on November 1, 1984, sold for approximately $1.5 million (£1.3 million). The transaction “reinforces Michael Jordan as unquestionably a goat,” Brahms Vacher, head of streetwear at Sotheby’s, said. “His name and particular heritage were significant almost 25 years ago.” In September 2009, Michael Jordan, who is now 59 years old, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.