Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey brings record auction price
A game-worn jersey from Michael Jordan's last season with the Chicago Bulls has sold for a record price at action.
The jersey was worn by Jordan on April 18, 1998, during his final regular season game with the Bulls, as they defeated their arch-rivals the New York Knicks 111-109 in a come-from-behind victory.
Jordan dominated the court that day, scoring 44 points to help seal his 10th and final NBA scoring champion title over Shaquille O’Neal, and the NBA MVP award as well.
He then went on to lead the Bulls to victory in the playoffs, sealing the team's second 'threepeat' in eight years, before signing off on his career as a Chicago legend.
The signed jersey was one of just two photo-matched examples from this farewell season, and was snapped up by an anonymous collector for $173,240 – the highest price ever paid for a piece of Michael Jordan sports memorabilia.
The previous record was set in 2013, when the sneakers Jordan wore during his infamous 1997 Playoffs 'Flu Game' against the Utah Jazz sold for $104,795.
"No one who has been out of the game fewer than 15 years has had items sell for these kinds of prices," said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions. "Michael Jordan is the collectible equivalent of Babe Ruth."
The sale also included another pricey Jordan item – a pair of the star's game worn sneakers. The black Air Jordan XI's were worn in Game 3 of the 1996 playoffs against the Seattle SuperSonics, during which Jordan scored 36 points, three rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.
Following the game Jordan took off his sneakers and presented them to Sonics player Eric Snow, then signed them years later in 2004 during an event at his youth camp. Offered with a starting bid of $7,500, the sneakers soared to a final price of $34,160.
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