NBA icon and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has yet again rocked the sports memorabilia world with news that one of his jerseys sold this week for a stunning $273,904, including assorted fees.
That’s about $30,000 more than the sticker price of a Ferrari 488GTB. It’s not known yet who bought the jersey.
ESPN reports it is a record price paid for a basketball jersey, besting $190,414 paid in 2011 for an ABA Virginia Squires jersey worn by Dr. J.
News of the auction comes just two weeks after a pair of beat-up Size 13 sneakers Jordan wore during the gold-medal game at the 1984 Summer Olympics sold for a record $190,373.80.
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The jersey was also worn by Jordan at the ‘84 Olympics, held in Los Angeles. Grey Flannel Auctions, which handled the sale, called the jersey a museum-quality sports artifact, because the 1984 Olympic games were “the platform through which Jordan would be introduced to basketball fans worldwide.”
The hammer fell on the jersey at $228,253, but the final cost was $273,904, with added fees. Starting bid was $10,000.
It was part of a sports memorabilia that included items from such figures as Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Brett Favre.
Items from Charlotte’s Stephen Curry were also included. An autographed jersey he work in a Golden State Warriors game went for $14,153 with fees, and a pair of autographed shoes he wore playing for the Golden State Warriors in an NBA playoff game sold for $4,834, including fees.