With Michael Jordan's jersey on sale, what are the priciest bits of sporting memorabilia ever sold?

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Michael Jordan’s iconic No. 23 Chicago Bulls shirt from Game 1 of the basketball legend’s sixth NBA Championship in 1998 will be up for sale next month.

It was Jordan’s final season with the Bulls and the jersey has been put up for sale with Sotheby’s online auction, opening in September.

Experts have estimated that the shirt will fetch between £3million and £5m, and will be up for sale until September 14. 

Below, Sportsmail takes a deep dive into the most expensive pieces of sporting memorabilia ahead of Jordan’s legendary shirt sale next month.

Michael Jordan's legendary 1998 Chicago Bulls shirt has been listed for auction in September

Michael Jordan’s legendary 1998 Chicago Bulls shirt has been listed for auction in September

The estimated price of the shirt (pictured) is between £2million and £4m for next month's sale

The estimated price of the shirt (pictured) is between £2million and £4m for next month’s sale

Diego Maradona ‘The Hand of God’ & ‘Goal of the Century’ World Cup Match Worn Shirt (£7.1million)

The shirt worn by Diego Maradona during his performance against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals sold at auction for £7.1m in May 2022.

The Argentinian netted an infamous brace, featuring ‘The Hand of God’ goal in which he punched the ball past Peter Shilton and also the ‘Goal of the Century’ as he dribbled past six England players before finishing.

The shirt was sold by former Nottingham Forest defender Steve Hodge, who swapped jerseys with Maradona at full-time. 

The number 10 shirt had resided in the National Football Museum in Manchester for the last 20 years but was sold at a Sotheby’s auction in May.

Diego Maradona's shirt from the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals sold at auction for £7.1m

Diego Maradona’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals sold at auction for £7.1m

Original Olympic Games Manifesto (£7m)

In December 2019,  the original copy of Pierre de Coubertin’s 1892 speech outlining his vision for a modern renaissance of the Olympic Games sold for a whopping £7m.

The 14-page document, which is signed by Coubertin, set the world auction record fee for sports memorabilia at the time of its sale. 

Coubertin delivered the speech in front of a large crowd at the Sorbonne to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the French Athletics Association in 1892.

Spectators gather at the Athens Olympic Stadium in 1986 for first version of Modern Games

Spectators gather at the Athens Olympic Stadium in 1986 for first version of Modern Games

The French aristocrat was a huge advocate for modern athletics and his speech successfully altered the direction of international athletics.

Two years after the speech, Coubertin established the International Olympic Committee, and the modern Olympic Games launched in Athens in 1896.

A copy of the manuscript displayed at the Copenhagen City Hall during the 2009 Olympic Congress, however the auction was the first time that the document had been publicly displayed.

T206 Honus Wagner 1909 Baseball Card (£5.4m)

A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for £5.4m in August 2021, breaking the previous record for the highest-selling sports card of all time.

The card portrays Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Honus Wagner, nicknamed ‘The Flying Dutchman.’ Wagner is considered as one of the best baseball players of all time.

The card was made by the American Tobacco Company from 1909 to 1911. Wagner stopped production of the card, which meant that there were only a very minimal number of cards distributed to the public. 

Honus Wagner is widely considered as one of the greatest ever baseball players in history

Honus Wagner is widely considered as one of the greatest ever baseball players in history

Babe Ruth 1928-1930 Jersey (£4.4m)

A jersey worn by legendary baseball player Babe Ruth sold for £4.4m at an auction in New York in 2019.

The shirt was worn by Ruth between 1928-1930, during the period in which he made his name as one of the most successful baseball players in history.

Ruth played for 22 seasons in Major League Baseball and won seven World Series during his glistening career. 

Topps Mickey Mantle 1952 Baseball Card (£4.2m)

A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for £4.2 m in January 2021, becoming the most expensive sports card at the time.

A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for £4.2m at auction in January 2021

A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for £4.2m at auction in January 2021

Mantle was a Triple Crown winner in 1956, a three-time American League MVP and a seven-time World Series champion.

The Major League Baseball hall of famer played his entire 18-year career with the New York Yankees.

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Parallel LeBron James (£4.2m)

A 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James card set the record for the most expensive ever basketball card in April 2021.

There are 23 copies of the card, mirroring James’ jersey number. This particular card was 07/23 and was sold via a private sale with PWCC.

James is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers and is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James card is the most expensive ever basketball card

2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James card is the most expensive ever basketball card

The 37-year-old has won four NBA championships, four MVP awards, three all-star MVP awards and two Olympic gold medals.

Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey (£3.6m)

The second piece of memorabilia on this list which is related to legendary baseball player Ruth – the baseball player’s 1920 shirt.

The item was sold by California-based SCP Auctions to Lelands.com, a memorabilia auction house. The piece reportedly lives in the home of one of Lelands.com’s private clients.

The jersey comes from Ruth’s first season with the New York Yankees in 1920 after he was sold by the Boston Red Sox.

The shirt had been on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, but became one of the highest-selling sports memorabilia items in 2012.

James Naismith’s 1891 Rules of Basketball (£3.5m)

James Naismith’s 13 Rules of Basketball sold for £3.5m in 2010 and is viewed as one of the most important manuscripts in basketball history.

James Naismith's 13 Rules of Basketball manuscript sold for £3.5m in 2010

James Naismith’s 13 Rules of Basketball manuscript sold for £3.5m in 2010

The 119-year-old document was written by the sport’s inventor Naismith in the winter of 1891.

Naismith wrote the 13 rules during his spell during as a physical education instructor at the Christian association in order to come up with a new indoor sport for his class.

The proceeds of the sale were donated to the Naismith Basketball Foundation.

Daniel Lucius Adams’ Rule of Baseball (£2.6m)

Daniel Lucius Adams is one of the key founders of baseball and a document that he wrote delving into the laws of the sport sold for £2.6m at auction.

The manuscript is titled the ‘Laws of Base Ball’ and was sold by SCP auctions in 2016.

Adams wrote the rules while he was president of the New York Knickerbockers in 1857. The document was used by 14 New York-based baseball teams to come up with a unilateral set of rules for the sport.

Top 10 most expensive items of football memorabilia

1. Diego Maradona ‘The Hand of God’ & ‘Goal of the Century’ World Cup Match Worn Shirt Shirt £7.1million

2. Sheffield Football Club Rules, Regulations & Laws Rulebook £1.2m

3. FA Cup Trophy £760,000

4. Jules Rimet Trophy Replica Trophy £286,000

5. Nobby Stiles’ 1996 World Cup Medal Medal £213,000

6. Alan Ball’s 1966 World Cup Medal Medal £188,000

7. Pele’s 1970 Second-Half World Cup Final Shirt Shirt £157,000

8. George Best’s 1968 European Cup Medal Medal £155,000

9. Gordon Banks’ 1966 World Cup Medal Medal £139,000

10. Sir Geoff Hurst 1966World Cup Shirt £106,000

And what about football?

After Maradona’s match worn shirt, the second most expensive football memorabilia piece is Sheffield Football Club’s rules of the sport – sold for £1.2m.

The document was the only known copy of the 1958 rules and was sold by Sotheby’s to generate funds for Sheffield Football Club’s new facilities.

The second edition of the FA Cup trophy was purchased by Manchester City chief Sheikh Mansour for £760,000.

Sheikh Mansour purchased the trophy from West Ham United co-owner David Gold and donated the silverware to the National Football Museum.

The trophy was the first major honour that were won by City after they defeated Bolton Wanderers in the 1904 FA Cup final.

Finally, Pele’s match-worn shirt from Brazil’s 1970 World Cup final triumph broke the world record for a football shirt when it fetched £157,000 in 2002.

The number 10 shirt was listed by former Italy international Roberto Rosato, who swapped shirts with Pele after the full-time whistle.

Pele netted the first goal in the Selecao’s 4-1 victory over Italy, which was watched by 107,000 spectators at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico. 

Experts had predicted that the shirt would sell for in the region of £30,000 to £50,000, yet the anonymous telephone buyer fought off fierce competition to claim the short-sleeve shirt.

The purchase beat the previous record of £91,750 paid for the shirt worn by hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst in England’s defeat of West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final. 

Pele netted the opening goal in Brazil's 1970 World Cup final triumph at the Azteca Stadium

Pele netted the opening goal in Brazil’s 1970 World Cup final triumph at the Azteca Stadium

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