A jersey worn by Michael Jordan while at the University of North Carolina sold for $ 1.38 million at auction, Heritage Auctions reported Saturday.
“We are very proud to have broken the records for a Jordan jersey worn in a match,” Chris Ivy, the company’s director of sports auctions, said in a statement.
In addition to wearing it in a game from the 1982-1983 season, Jordan wore the auctioned kit on the cover of The Sporting News magazine for March 1983, in which he was declared the best college basketball player of the year.
That season was Jordan’s second in North Carolina. In the first, the NBA Chicago Bulls star had led the team to the national championship by defeating Georgetown University, then led by Patrick Ewing.
The same blue and white jersey with the number 23 on it had fetched a value of $ 63,500 when it was auctioned in 1999.
The previous highest mark for a Jordan jersey was set last October, when one of his Bulls uniforms sold for $ 480,000.
That jersey and shorts kit belonged to the 1986-1987 season, when Jordan was the NBA’s leading scorer but the Bulls were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Current owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, Jordan won six championships with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and is considered the best basketball player in history. (AFP) (GG)