The warmup top Michael Jordan was wearing when he left the court for the last time in the spring of 2003 now has a new owner.
Sotheby’s says it sold Jordan’s 2002-03 Washington Wizards shooting shirt for $900,000 in a private transaction.
The auction house released no other details on the sale of the blue and white top Jordan was wearing as he waved to the crowd on April 16, 2003.
Jordan’s last jersey, originally given to close friend George Koehler, sold for $570,000 through Goldin Auctions in January of last year but would likely be worth much more should it go back on the market.
Jordan’s Wizards missed the playoffs in 2003 and he had already indicated he would be retiring for good at age 40 long before Washington visited the Philadelphia 76ers on the final day of the regular season.
He scored 15 points, with the last two coming after Eric Snow fouled him in the backcourt on purpose with two seconds left and Jordan sank the two free throws. Another intentional foul by the Wizards with one second left enabled coach Doug Collins to allow Jordan to soak up a standing ovation from fans in Philadelphia.
“Now I guess it hits me that I’m not going to be in a uniform anymore — and that’s not a terrible feeling,” Jordan said after the game. “It’s something that I’ve come to grips with, and it’s time. This is the final retirement.”