Michael Jordan's 'Last Dance' jersey fetches a record $10.1 million
Ajersey worn by basketball star Michael Jordan during one of the most famous seasons in his NBA career sold for a record $10.1 million at a New York auction Thursday
The eight-figure sum was more than double initial estimates, setting a new auction record for a piece of game-worn sports memorabilia, according to Sotheby's, which organized the sale.
Jordan wore the Chicago Bulls jersey in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals, the culmination of a famous season known as "The Last Dance" that featured in a 2020 ESPN and Netflix documentary series of the same name
On June 3, 1998 Jordan pulled on the jersey for a game against the Utah Jazz, scoring 33 points in 45 minutes in a Bulls loss.
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Prior to the sale, Wachter had called the 1997-1998 season "perhaps one of the most popular among Jordan fans
as Michael was reaching the height of his abilities while simultaneously pursuing what he understood would be his last chance at an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls."
The season itself is his 'magnum opus' as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor," he added in a press release. "Finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scant, and the 1997-1998 Finals are arguably the most coveted of them all."