LeBron James fans have something extra to celebrate this New Year.
The billionaire footballer’s most expensive game jersey will be sold at Sotheby’s this January. The Miami Heat jersey was worn by James for Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Steeped in sports history, it was predicted to yield a very handsome coin.
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The 2XL jersey, which will lead Sotheby’s The One sale on January 27, is expected to fetch between $3 million and $5 million. The high pre-sale estimate makes it the most expensive James jersey to break the auction block. It ranks among the most expensive game-worn jerseys of all time, behind Michael Jordan’s $10.1 million 1998 NBA Finals and Diego Maradona’s $9.3 million “Hand of God” jersey.
As fans will remember, Game 7 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs definitely put “King James” under pressure. But he kept his cool. The four-time champion had a double-double with 37 points and 12 rebounds and redshirted the first half. King’s effort helped lead the Heat to a 95-88 victory over the Spurs. The game was one of the most important of his career as he scored the most points in any Game 7 in NBA Finals history.
Of course, this isn’t the first time one of James’ game-worn jerseys has been put on sale. In the year In 2019, the Ohio native’s legendary high school jersey sold for a record $187,500 at Goldin Auctions. Another Miami Heat jersey of the 16-time All-Star in the “Nickname Game” was sold at auction a year later.
“LeBron is on the cusp of surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and it’s important to note that the comparison between himself and Michael is a milestone in LeBron’s career that defines his legacy.” Jordan is the greatest player of all time,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and contemporary collections, in a statement.
The first auction includes 20 of the best items in history. Highlights include an extremely rare 18th-century Chinese turin (estimate: $300,000 to $500,000), an ancient iron disc from the Ginol collection (estimate: $200,000 to $300,000) and a copper head of Buddha from the Golden Age of Thai art (estimate: $300,000). to $500,000).
The live auction will take place on January 27 at Sotheby’s New York. You can view the pre-sale lots at Sotheby’s Masters Week shows starting January 21st.
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