Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey beats Maradona’s shirt as most expensive ever sold

NBA legend Michael Jordan's jersey that he wore in his final NBA championship run in 1998 has just sold for £8.8million – making it the most expensive piece of game-worn sports memorabilia in history.

That eclipses the total paid for Diego Maradona's shirt that he wore when he scored his legendary 'Hand of God' goal against England from the 1986 World Cup. That kit sold for £8.2m, making it £600,000 less than Jordan's top.

The basketball icon's Chicago Bulls jersey, emblazoned with his famous No. 23 across it, was worn on Game 1 of the 1998 NBA finals. While the Bulls emerged 4-2 winners over Utah Jazz, Game 1 was won by the Jazz 88-85.

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It ended up being Jordan's last year with the Bulls and the shirt was put up for sale via online auction, selling on Thursday for a jaw-dropping £8.8m.

Sotheby, who handed the auction, revealed how there had been mounting interest in the auction since they revealed what was up for grabs.

Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables Brahm Wachter said: “In the weeks since we announced the auction, there's been palpable excitement from not only sports fans, but collectors alike who are eager to own a rarefied piece of history.

“Yet again, today's record-breaking result… solidifies Michael Jordan as the undisputed G.O.A.T, proving his name and incomparable legacy is just as relevant as it was nearly 25 years ago.”

The shirt grew in popularity after the popular Netflix documentary 'Last Dance' was released. It told the story of Jordan's journey, winning his sixth championship with the Bulls in eight years.


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