The jersey used as a photo prop on the day Michael Jordan signed his rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls has sold for $320,000 at Julien’s Auctions, the most ever paid for a Jordan jersey.
The home white #23 jersey was the one presented to Jordan by Bulls general manager Rod Thorn during his first news conference in Chicago on September 12, 1984.
Drafting the North Carolina star turned out to be the most important moment in franchise history. Jordan became a global icon, leading the Bulls to six NBA championships.
The price broke the mark for a Jordan jersey that was set in July when a 1998 Eastern Conference Finals gamer netted $288,000. In May, a complete Jordan road uniform from the 1996-87 season sold at Goldin Auctions for $295,200.
In October, Heritage Auctions sold a full Jordan uniform from the 1986-87 season for $480,000.
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The Jordan jersey was one of several that brought huge prices in the Julien’s “Icons and Idols” sale. A jersey worn by Barack Obama as a senior member of the 1979 Hawaii state champions sold for $192,000—a record price for a high school jersey, topping the October 2019 sale of one of James’ earliest game jerseys.
An autographed, game-worn rookie year LeBron James jersey went for $128,000 as did another worn by Colin Kaepernick in his NFL debut on October 2, 2011.