Complete with the bloodstains from some unknown on court battle, the second of two Bill Russell game jerseys to be offered since December sold for $1,022,250 on Friday as Hunt Auctions concluded the second auction of memorabilia consigned by the legendary NBA star.
The autographed white jersey with Russell’s famous number 6 sold for almost as much as the first jersey from Russell’s personal archive–the one believed to be the last he ever wore–that was offered in a live event at TD Garden in Boston last December. While the bulk of Russell’s collection was sold then for more than $7 million, 286 additional lots were in the most recent sale including some key pieces like a 1960s Celtics warmup jacket that brought in $94,000 and his 1956 Olympics warmup suit that netted $76,375.
The auction also included the final NBA Championship ring presented to former Celtics coach and executive Red Auerbach. The ring from Auerbach’s 16th NBA title in 1986 when he served as team president, sold for $129,250.
Hundreds of other lots were offered in the live online auction including a recently discovered ticket stub from Michael Jordan’s 1984 NBA debut. Authenticated and graded by PSA, the lower grade stub sold for $103,400. A pair of signed Jordan game shoes from the 1987 season, with detached soles, sold for $45,237.
A ticket stub to Game 3 of the 1932 World Series–Babe Ruth’s ‘called shot’ game–graded PSA 4, sold for $41,125 while a factory sealed box of 2000 Playoff Contenders Football fetched $41,125.