So you love Michael Jordan rookie cards? That’s great, but for about the same price as a box of 1986-87 Fleer, you can own one of his old cars.
The Beverly Hills Car Club has just launched an auction for a 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 Lorinser once owned by Jordan and seen briefly in The Last Dance. The starting bid? $23,000, of course.
The auction opened on Thursday on eBay and is scheduled to close August 23.
The car was originally titled in the name of both Michael Jordan and his now former wife, Juanita. The title was signed by both of them on the back and a copy is included. The purchase date is listed as December 23, 1995, which leaves you to wonder if it may have been a Christmas gift.
“I am flattered to have acquired such a historically relevant car with ultimate celebrity provenance. Michael Jordans Mercedes is an incredibly exciting vehicle to be connected with,” stated Alex Manos, the owner of Beverly Hills Car Club. “Some people have signed basketballs or sneakers or photographs of the basketball giant. But how many people do you know who own Michael Jordan’s car? This is the Holy Grail of Michael Jordan memorabilia.”
A CarFax report indicates Jordan sold the vehicle in 2003 and it’s had a couple of other owners. Manos’ company buys and sells expensive vehicles regularly. In 2015, he sold a Ferrari that belonged to John McEnroe. Manos told SC Daily he got a call about a Mercedes that had “celebrity provenance.”
“He said ‘You’re going to want to buy this’ Matos recalled.
Matos got in touch with the owner, a Jordan collector and fan who knew he had the ultimate piece of MJ memorabilia but was willing to listen to a potential buyer.
“We made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” Manos said.
The two-door coupe has a color combination of metallic navy deep blue with a beautiful gray interior. It is equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, heated seats, cruise control, dual airbags, power windows, power steering, power mirrors, power seats, power sunroof, power tilt steering wheel, power mirrors, four-wheel disc brakes, Lorinser chrome wheels, and jack.
The car was recently transported out of Illinois for the first time, arriving in Southern California for a photo session in preparation for the auction.
“It was like Christmas morning when it got here,” Manos said.
The high bid as of late Thursday afternoon had surpassed $50,000 and was expected to reach $100,000.
You can follow the action here.