A jersey worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan in his final 1997-98 season with the Chicago Bulls will go up for auction in September for three to five million dollars, a announced on Wednesday Sotheby's.
The New York house, owned since 2019 by Franco-Israeli telecom magnate Patrick Drahi, has already sold sneakers that belonged to world superstar Michael Jordan who is now 59 years old, reaching in 2021 almost 1.5 million dollars.
The sale will take place in New York from September 6 to 14 and the famous red jersey flanked by the number 23 of the Chicago Bulls worn by Jordan will be presented to the public in Monterey, California, from August 17 to 20, then in New York during the auction September, according to a statement from Sotheby's.
“The 1997-98 season is perhaps one of Jordan fans' favorites because Michael was at the peak of his abilities knowing it was his last chance with the Chicago Bulls for the NBA championship,” commented Sotheby's modern objects and collectibles boss Brahm Wachter.
What basketball pundits and the writers of a ten-season 2020 ESPN/Netflix documentary called the season of The Last Dance in 1997-98 marks Michael Jordan's second retirement from the sport: he played with the Bulls from 1984-85 to 1997-98 — with a one-season hiatus in 1993 -1994 — before joining the Washington Capital Wizards from 2001 to 2003.
Estimated at between three and five million dollars, the Chicago Bulls guard's jersey has already achieved the highest auction price for a Jordan jersey and for any player collectible, according to Sotheby's. /p>
In October 2021 in Las Vegas, the New York house sold a pair of sneakers, the Nike Air Ships, for $1,472,000, worn by Jordan at the start of his career in 1984-85, establishing a auction record for shoes worn in games.
An astronomical price, shattering the record of Nike Air Jordans sold for $615,000 in August 2020 at auction organized by rival company Christie's.
Six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, inspiration for Nike's Air Jordan line of sneakers, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, the New York native is considered one of the greatest sportsmen of all time and today. 'today as one of the most prominent personalities in the sports industry.