Once the bidding got serious, it was no place for the faint of heart.
Or the light of pocketbook.
The 1972 Summit Series jersey worn by game-winning hero Paul Henderson sold for $1.2 million early Wednesday morning after a late bidding war, more than even the most optimistic watchers had anticipated.
The winning bid was made by billionaire businessman Mitch Goldhar, 48, a Canadian real estate developer.
Goldhar, who helped bring Walmart to Canada several years ago, also owns a soccer team in Israel.
“I am pleased and proud to bring this important piece of Canadian history home,” Goldhar said in a statement.
“As a lifelong hockey fan I know what Paul Henderson’s winning goal against the Russians in 1972 means to all Canadians.”
Henderson, who is battling cancer, told CTV he was glad to see the jersey back on Canadian soil.
The story has been major national news in Canada and CTV offered several stories and an interview.