Former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone recently grabbed attention by auctioning off 24 valuable pieces of memorabilia from the famed “Dream Team” from the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The auction, held in partnership with collectibles marketplace Goldin, was highlighted by one item in particular, according to ESPN: Michael Jordan’s white No. 9 jersey. This particular jersey, worn by Jordan during the Dream Team’s stunning 127-76 victory over Lithuania in the semifinals, fetched an astounding $3,003,000.
Notably, this sale set a new record for any Games-used Olympic item associated with Jordan. Equally sought after were Jordan’s sneakers from the 1992 Tournament of the Americas, the pre-Olympic event where the Dream Team initially showcased their extraordinary talent. The sneakers fetched $420,000.
Larry Bird’s jersey, also from the semifinal against Lithuania, sold for $360,000, while a pair of Bird’s game-worn sneakers sold for $91,200, records for a jersey and sneakers bird, according to ESPN.
Beyond providing collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to own a piece of basketball history, the auction underscored the enduring legacy and fascination surrounding the Dream Team.
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