Michel Jordan 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 vs. Utah Jazz jersey auctioned for $5,000,000

(ABC4) – The jersey worn by Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals where the Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 88-85 is up for auction.

Sotheby’s, “the world’s largest, most trusted and vibrant marketplace for fine art and luxury,” announced Aug. 10 that auctions for the historic piece of sports memorabilia will open Sept. 10, ranging from $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.

Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals, played on June 3 in Utah, was the most watched NBA Finals game, according to Sotheby’s representatives. Footage from the game reportedly shows a hostile home crowd in Utah.

Jordan’s 1997-98 NBA season was dubbed “The Last Dance” in tribute to the end of the legend’s basketball career and in reference to the ESPN documentary following the Bulls’ 1997-98 season.

Brahm Watcher, vice-president of Sotheby’s and head of streetwear and modern collectibles, called the season of The Last Dance “the magnum work” of Michael Jordan as an athlete – a testament to him as a competitor, sportsman, teammate and, ultimately, champion.

Although Utah got the win, Jordan still managed to score 33 points in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals, surpassing his career average of 30.1 points per game.

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