Michael Jordan jersey from ‘The Last Dance’ up for auction

You can jump, you can dive – but do you have what it takes to own a premium piece of Michael Jordan’s legacy? More than guts and determination, it takes deep pockets.

A scarlet away jersey worn by the Chicago Bulls legend in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals – and in his final year with the team – will be auctioned off in a single lot Sotheby’s auction next month, auction house The Post said. Also, the jersey from the famous “Last Dance” season has a cool estimate of $3-5 million.

According to the auction house, this is the highest estimate for a souvenir from Jordan.

“Jordan final jerseys… they just don’t happen,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, told The Post. “Red is really the color that people think of when they think of Michael Jordan and this is the only red final jersey to ever appear at auction.”

Wachter added that this game-worn jersey “reaches the stratosphere of rarest, highest-level collectibles,” particularly because Jordan wore it during the Finals — as opposed to the regular season and playoffs — and “that’s really the price.”

Jordan, meanwhile, wore this away kit "The last Dance" Season.
Jordan wore this away jersey during the Last Dance season.
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Jordan's NBA Finals jerseys are rare to come by.
Jordan’s NBA Finals jerseys are rare.
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Described by Sotheby’s as one of the most coveted sports memorabilia, this jersey is one of only two final tops ever to be auctioned off by any of the six Jordanian championships. It came from a private collector – and most of Jordan’s final jerseys are in the hands of private collectors. Jordan donated a white home jersey to the Smithsonian in 2016.

Jordan, 59, wore this soon-to-sell jersey on June 3, 1998 during a game in Utah against the Jazz – one the Bulls lost 88-85. Jordan played 45 minutes into the game and helped send it into overtime. While wearing that jersey, he scored 33 points and put him on the path to his sixth NBA championship and sixth NBA Finals MVP award.

Jordan wears the jersey, which is set to be auctioned off, at the June 3, 1998 game against the Utah Jazz.
Jordan wears the jersey, which is set to be auctioned off, at the June 3, 1998 game against the Utah Jazz.
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Jordan scored 33 points while wearing the jersey.
Jordan scored 33 points while wearing the red top.
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The Bulls lost to the Jazz by 3 points that day.
The Bulls lost to the Jazz 88 to 85.
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After the final, the jersey was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Fans of ESPN’s popular 10-episode 2020 documentary, The Last Dance, might even recognize this jersey from the 10th episode.

The online auction, called ‘Invictus Part 1’, is open to bid on Sothebys.com from September 6th to 14th. Ahead of the sale, the kit will be shown publicly for the first time in over 20 years since Jordan has worn it on the pitch. It will first be on display in Monterey, California from August 17th to 20th and then to Sotheby’s New York from September 6th to 12th.

The sale also follows Diego Maradona’s record auction sale of $9.3 million of Diego Maradona’s Argentina jersey, which was worn at the 1986 World Cup when the late star scored the Hand of God goal England scored. Sotheby’s sold it at auction in London in May; It had an estimate of $5 million to $7.5 million.

Although the estimate for this Jordan jersey is lower, Wachter says it still carries its weight in gold.

“I can’t think of an object…that means more to a fan than that,” he said. “You’re really taking a piece of history home with you.”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/10/michael-jordan-jersey-from-the-last-dance-heads-to-auction/ Michael Jordan jersey from ‘The Last Dance’ up for auction

Emma Bowman

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