Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey from 1998 NBA Finals sells for $10.1 million at auction

A jersey worn by Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals — part of Jordan’s hallowed “Last Dance” season that ended the Chicago Bulls’ reign over the Utah Jazz — has sold for $10.091 million at auction house Sotheby’s .

It was the most ever paid for an item of sports memorabilia, surpassing the $9.28 million paid in May for late soccer legend Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey from the 1986 World Cup.

The “Last Dance” jersey marked Jordan’s sixth and final NBA championship — and his record sixth NBA Finals MVP award — before he retired for a second time.

This is only the second Jordan jersey from the NBA Finals to appear at auction, according to Sotheby’s. The previous record for any Jordan item was a 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey patch card, with an on-card autograph, which sold for $2.7 million in October 2021.

Before the Maradona uniform, the most paid for a match/game-worn jersey was $5.64 million in 2019 for a Babe Ruth jersey, worn from 1918-1920.

It’s been almost a month at the auction for sports items. In late August, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold for $12.6 million, the most ever paid for a sports card and the first sports collectible to break the $10 million threshold.

The “Last Dance” jersey, to date, is the only other eight-figure sports collectible. The original predicted sale price was from $3 million to $5 million.

“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, said in a statement. “The finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scarce and the [1998] The finals can be said to be the most anticipated of them all.”

The previous record for any NBA jersey was $3.69 million, paid in May 2021 for one worn by Kobe Bryant during his 1996-97 rookie season.

“In the weeks since we announced the auction, there has been remarkable excitement from not only sports fans, but collectors eager to own a rarified piece of history,” Wachter said in a statement following of sale. “[The] record-breaking result, with an impressive 20 bids, cements Michael Jordan as the undisputed GOAT, proving that his name and incomparable legacy are still relevant nearly 25 years ago.”