A jersey worn by basketball icon Michael Jordan through the opening game of the 1998 NBA Finals has been bought for a record $10.1m (£8.8m).

This is probably the most a bit of sporting memorabilia has fetched in historical past.

Auction home Sotheby’s says the merchandise drew “palpable excitement” from sports activities fans and collectors.

It was harking back to a sporting season – chronicled in Netflix documentary The Last Dance – which noticed Jordan profitable his sixth and closing NBA title.

On Thursday, Sotheby’s said Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey attracted a complete of 20 bids.

Sotheby’s head of streetwear and fashionable collectables, Brahm Wachter, said bidders had been “eager to own a rarefied piece of history”.

“Today’s record-breaking result… solidifies Michael Jordan as the undisputed G.O.A.T, proving his name and incomparable legacy is just as relevant as it was nearly 25 years ago,” Wachter said. G.O.A.T is an acronym for “greatest of all time”.

The jersey outstripped a earlier record of $9.28m, paid for a shirt worn by football star Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup.

It was auctioned with a June 1998 Sports Illustrated journal, which options Jordan on the quilt.

A graded copy of a June 1998 Sports Illustrated magazine, which features the jersey.
Image caption,The Chicago Bulls trailed Utah Jazz 85-88 within the opening game

Jordan is seen by many as the very best player within the historical past of basketball. He spent most of his profession with the Chicago Bulls, turned a world icon and helped increase the NBA’s profile around the world.

Although the Chicago Bulls lost the opening game of the NBA Finals against Utah Jazz, it gained the subsequent three games. Then Utah Jazz took the subsequent game by two factors.

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