The jersey worn by Michael Jordan during the final NBA game of his career in 2003 is coming to auction. Autographed and given to Jordan’s long-time personal assistant and close friend George Koehler, the blue Washington Wizards jersey was the one Jordan was wearing in a 107-87 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 16, 2003. He finalized his retirement the next day.
Goldin Auctions will offer the jersey as the focal point of its first auction of 2021, set for January. It’s expected to sell for $500,000 or more.
The #23 shirt carries Jordan’s Sharpie autograph on the number “2” on the back. The jersey has been photo-matched to 14 games over the final two months of his career by MeiGray and Sports Investors Authentication.
Ken Goldin, CEO and Founder of Goldin Auctions called it “easily the most significant Jordan jersey that has ever come up for public sale.”
Koehler has consigned the jersey and the rest of his personal collection of Jordan game-used items to Goldin. The former limousine company owner befriended Jordan on the day he arrived in Chicago as a rookie in 1984 and the two have been working together ever since.
Other highlights of the collection include a photo-matched Birmingham Barons minor-league baseball jersey, 1984-85 Air Jordan 1 signed rookie sneakers and several other photo matched jerseys and worn equipment. Each key item is hand signed by Jordan and comes with a LOA form Koehler stating it was personally given to him by Jordan.
The bulk of the collection will be offered in Goldin’s next catalog sale, which opens Nov 23.
The company is currently accepting items valued at $10,000 and over on consignment to be sold alongside the Jordan jersey in its “Elite” auction.