Sotheby’s will offer what it calls “the most valuable LeBron James jersey ever to appear at auction next month. The game-worn 2013 NBA Finals Game 7 Miami Heat jersey carries a pre-sale estimate of $3-$5 million. It’s potentially the most valuable jersey from the current Los Angeles Lakers star ever to reach the auction block and among the most valuable game-worn jerseys of all time.
In 2020, NBA Auctions sold the jersey James wore in the first of of that season’s All-Star Game for $630,000, which stands as the current highest price paid for a game-worn item from the four-time NBA champion.
The jersey dates to the first half of the game that clinched the second of his first two Finals MVP performances and the Heat’s second straight title. It was also his first career NBA Finals Game 7 appearance. He is one of only 6 players in NBA history to be awarded back-to-back NBA Finals MVP trophies.
In the Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs, James scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It’s the highest point total of any winning Game 7 performance in Finals history.
“As Lebron is on the precipice of surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, it’s significant to be offering a defining object in LeBron’s career which many attributes as the legacy-defining milestone that began the comparison between himself and Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time,” commented Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables.
Sotheby’s currently holds the record for any game-worn item of sports memorabilia with Michael Jordan’s game-worn 1998 NBA Finals jersey, which sold for $10.1 million in September of this year. That sale eclipsed the previous record established earlier in the year with Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ jersey, which sold for $9.3 million. Also in September, Goldin sold a game-used Kobe Bryant rookie jersey for nearly $3.7 million.