A jersey worn by basketball star Michael Jordan during one of the most famous seasons in his NBA career is expected to reach up to $US5 million (more than $7 million) at auction.
Jordan wore the Chicago Bulls jersey in game one of the 1998 NBA Finals, and it will be one of only two of his jerseys worn in a finals game to ever appear at auction, according to Sotheby’s.
The auction house bills it as “one of the most significant items from Michael Jordan’s career”.
“The 1997-1998 season is 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,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, in a press release Wednesday.
“The season itself is his ‘magnum opus’ as an athlete, and a testament to him as a champion and competitor. Finals jerseys from Jordan are remarkably scant, and the 1997 to 1998 finals are arguably the most coveted of them all,” he added.
An estimate of $US3 million to $US5 million ($4.2 million to $7 million) is the highest ever for a Jordan jersey, or any piece of Jordan memorabilia, the auction house said.