Ein jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan when he last won the title with the Chicago Bulls has been auctioned off for a record double-digit million sum. Like the US auction house Sotheby's announced on Thursday that the jersey that the 59-year-old wore during his "last dance" in the 1998 finals of the North American professional league NBA against the Utah Jazz had changed hands for 10.1 million US dollars.
It is only the second jersey from Jordan's "Last Dance" to have been sold at auction. The shirt with the iconic number 23 achieved the highest price ever paid for a sports jersey worn in a game. The final sum was twice as high as previously assumed by Sotheby's. There were 20 offers in total. The auction house did not say who the new owner is.
The Jordan jersey surpassed the amount paid for a jersey by the Argentine soccer legend last May Diego Maradona which he wore against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals - the game in which Maradona scored an irregular goal with what is known as the 'Hand of God'.
The previous record for a basketball jersey worn in-game was $3.7 million for a jersey worn by the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, according to Sotheby's.