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Michael Jordan's game-worn jersey from 1998 fetches a whopping $10M — “The 1998 Finals jerseys are arguably the most coveted of them all”

The GOAT’s jersey is now the most expensive game-worn memorabilia ever sold.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

It's been almost 20 years since Michael Jordan last played in the NBA. Yet, even in retirement, the GOAT continues to dominate the basketball world. On Thursday, Jordan's game-worn jersey from the 1998 NBA Finals sold at an auction by Sotheby's for a whopping $10.1 million, making it the most expensive game-worn memorabilia ever sold.

A piece of "The Last Dance."

The price at which Jordan's jersey was sold shattered the previous record held by a jersey of the late great Argentinian soccer icon, Diego Maradona. The jersey Maradona wore when he scored the infamous "Hand of God" goal during the 1986 World Cup fetched an incredible price of $9.3 million.

What made Jordan's jersey so unique and valuable? For starters, it was worn during Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. Making the sale even more astounding is that Jordan and the Bulls lost that game, 88-85.

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But that didn't matter to the person who bought the jersey. What they were really paying for was a piece of history, a memento of "The Last Dance." The 1998 NBA Finals would be Jordan's last as a member of the Chicago Bulls and is widely considered one of the greatest sports stories ever told.

"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 1998 Finals are arguably the most coveted of them all," said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby's head of streetwear and modern collectibles.

An unforgettable end

Jordan's exploits during the 1997-1998 season were famously documented in the ESPN documentary, "The Last Dance." The ten-part series chronicles Jordan's final season with the Bulls and is filled with incredible stories and never-before-seen footage.

Jordan capped off that season with one of the most iconic moments in the history of the NBA. In Game Six of the Finals, with the score tied at 86 apiece and just seconds remaining on the clock, MJ hit a jump shot over Utah Jazz defender Bryon Russell to give the Chicago Bulls the lead. The Bulls would go on to win the game and the series, giving Jordan his sixth and final NBA championship.

"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," added Wachter.

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