Two basketball vests – one worn by the NBA legend Michael Jordan and the other by former US president Barack Obama – sold for record sums at a Los Angeles auction on Friday.
Jordan’s number 23 vest, which he wore when he signed for the Chicago Bulls in 1984, sold for $320,000 (GHC1.8 million).
Mr Obama’s vest, worn with his Punahou School team, went for $192,000 (GHC1.1 million) – a record for a high-school sports shirt.
Last year, another one of his high-school vests fetched $120,000.
Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills said Mr Obama wore his shirt – also number 23 – in 1979, when he helped his team win the Hawaii basketball state championship.
Michael Jordan – the first billionaire athlete – was at the centre of the Chicago Bulls team that won six NBA championships in the 1990s. A documentary series, The Last Dance, about the team’s standout successes was a hit on Netflix earlier this year.
The previous record sum for a Jordan “number 23” shirt was $288,000 in an auction in July.
Also on sale in the latest auction was an autographed Cavaliers shirt worn by current NBA star Lebron James, which sold for $128,000, and an NFL football shirt worn by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, from his debut for the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick’s shirt also sold for $128,000 – a new record for an NFL shirt.
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