LeBron James’ jersey from his NBA Finals Game 7 victory with the Miami Heat in 2013 sold for $3.68 million in a live auction at Sotheby’s Friday morning, the most ever paid for one of the long-time star’s game-worn gear.
The jersey was worn during James’ first career NBA Finals Game 7 appearance, which culminated in back-to-back championships and NBA Finals MVP awards with Miami.
Wearing the jersey in the first half of Game 7, he went on to finish with 37 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Heat to victory as repeat NBA champions with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The game ranks as one of the most important performances of his career – during what has been widely debated as his greatest NBA season – and marked the highest point tally of any winning Game 7 performance in NBA Finals history.
The realized price was in line with the presale estimate of $3-5million and makes it the third highest selling NBA jersey ever, well behind the “Last Dance” Jordan jersey sold last year at Sotheby’s for over $10 million.
Friday’s $3.68 million result also shatters the previous record for a game-worn Lebron James jersey – a 2020 NBA All-Star Game jersey – that sold for $630,000 in 2020.
Brahm Wachter of Sotheby’s says the sale “proves that the demand for sports memorabilia is at an all-time high, and that the magic of sports continues to transcend and ignite fans and collectors alike.”
As of Friday, James stands just 157 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 38,230 points.
The current record for any item of LeBron James memorabilia is an Upper Deck Exquisite autographed rookie card that sold for $5.2 million in 2021