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The Chicago Bulls jersey worn by legendary player Michael Jordan in the first game of the NBA Championship Finals in 1998, It will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on September 15 for an estimated value of between $3 and $5 million.. In addition, other items used by sports icons will be auctioned.
The auction includes a variety of memorabilia and unique items from various athletes, including jerseys, including one of the late basketball player Kobe Bryant, as well as sneakers and equipment for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, boxing and hockey, among others.
The red and black jersey with the number 23 that Jordan wore in that first game will be in the first part of the “Invictus” auction, and could become the most valuable piece of player memorabilia coming up for auctionaccording to the Sotheby’s statement.
The 1997-1998 season was Jordan’s last with the Chicago Bulls and is known as “Last Dance” (the last dance). Jordan played 45 minutes of that game, the most in any game in that final.
In the second part of “Invictus” there are pieces of athletes considered among the best in the world such as the boxer Muhammad Ali, the baseball player Babe Ruth, the NBA player Kobe Bryant (whose yellow and purple Los Angeles Lakers jersey is valued between $120,000 and $140,000) or former hockey player Wayne Douglas.
This second part will be led by a couple of “Nike Oregon Waffle” shoes worn by Olympic distance and middle distance athlete Steve Prefontainewhich is often credited with driving Nike’s experience as a running shoe company, notes Sotheby’s.
Other athletes represented in the second part of the auction are the also popular Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James, former Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman, tennis player Rafael Nadal (Nike shoes valued at $20,000-$30,000), former football player Peyton Manning and legendary former Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson.
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