The Last Dance: Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Jersey Is Expected to Fetch $5 Million at Auction - Arts & Culture

The upcoming sale by Sotheby’s follows their “Michael Jordan | Shattered” auction for Jordan memorabilia in 2020.

One of basketball star Michael Jordan’s jerseys will be auctioned by Sotheby’s—and it’s expected to fetch $5 million. Jordan wore it during the 1998 NBA Finals, Jordan’s “Last Dance Season,” which was the most viewed NBA Finals game of all time. 

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Held on June 3, 1998, viewers tuned in as the Chicago Bulls played against Utah Jazz. The now 59-year-old played for 45 minutes in Game 1, the most court time Jordan performed throughout that season’s Finals games. 

“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,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles said in a press release on Wednesday.

Magnum opus

“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 1997-1998 Finals are arguably the most coveted of them all.”

In 2020, Sotheby’s presented “Michael Jordan | Shattered,” an online auction featuring Jordan memorabilia, led by his historic game-worn and signed ‘Shattered Backboard’ jersey. It also included a 1985 game-worn and signed pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s, a Beckett Black Label Jordan signed Upper Deck trading card, and multiple deadstock Air Jordan releases. 

Bidding for the jersey will commence on September 6 until September 14.

Banner photo from the Sotheby’s website.

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