The Citizen (Gauteng)

Jordan game jersey fetches huge price

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Los Angeles – A Michael Jordan game-worn jersey from his 1982-83 season at the University of North Carolina has sold for $1.38 million at an auction, Heritage Auctions said.

“We’re extremely proud to have shattered records for a Jordan game-worn jersey,” Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, said in a statement.

Adding to the value of the blue and white No 23 Tar Heels jersey is the fact that it’s the kit Jordan was wearing on the cover of the March 1983 Sporting News, which declared Jordan the NCAA Player-ofthe-Year.

The season was Jordan’s second at UNC, and the season after a freshman Jordan helped take the Tar Heels to the 1982 national championsh­ip over a Georgetown team that featured Patrick Ewing.

The same jersey had brought $63 500 when it was auctioned in 1999, and Heritage had expected it to go four about $1 million in its Spring Sports Catalog auction.

The previous high for a Jordan jersey was set in October when a Chicago uniform worn by the NBA icon – who won six championsh­ips with the Bulls – sold for $480 000. –

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