Just how much would you be willing to pay for a little piece of history? Apparently an unnamed bidder answered that question for his or herself on Sunday by doling out $173,240 at auction for Michael Jordan‘s final regular-season Bulls jersey. Via Darren Rovell of ESPN.com:
“No one who has been out of the game fewer than fifteen years has had items sell for these kinds of prices,” said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, which sold the jersey and a pair of game-worn shoes from the 1996 NBA Finals for $34,160. “Michael Jordan is the collectible equivalent of Babe Ruth.”
Jersey authenticator MeiGray authenticated the jersey as matching the jersey worn on April 18, 1998, when Jordan scored 44 points against the New York Knicks, the last time he wore the red and white in a regular-season game on the United Center floor. The jersey also came with a letter from the Bulls vouching for its authenticity as being game-used.
According to the report, it was the most money ever paid for a piece of Michael Jordan memorabilia. The pair of signature sneakers Jordan wore during his legendary “flu game” held that distinction previously, when it sold at auction last year for nearly $105,000.