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Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey sells for a record $10.1 million.

A jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan during the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals has sold for a record $10.1 million (£8.8 million).

It is the highest price ever paid for a piece of sporting memorabilia worn during a game.

Collectors responded with “palpable excitement,” according to auction house Sotheby’s.

It was reminiscent of Jordan’s sixth and final NBA championship season, which was documented in the Netflix documentary The Last Dance.

Sotheby’s reported on Thursday that Jordan’s Chicago Bulls jersey drew a total of 20 bids.

Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, Brahm Wachter, said bidders were “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 broke the previous record of $9.28 million, which was paid for a shirt worn by football legend Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup.

It was auctioned alongside a June 1998 Sports Illustrated magazine with Jordan on the cover.

Many consider Jordan to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Bulls, where he became a global icon and helped raise the NBA’s global profile.

Despite losing the first game of the NBA Finals to the Utah Jazz, the Chicago Bulls won the next three. The Utah Jazz then won the following game by two points.

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