LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions culminated its year end four-day auction extravaganza with Icons & Idols Trilogy on Friday, Dec. 4. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
A trio of champion number “23” basketball jerseys scored big and shattered world records with the sales of Michael Jordan’s 1984 official “Signing Day” to the Chicago Bulls NBA jersey, LeBron James’ official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey and the 44th president of the United States Barack Obama’s 1979 senior year at Punahou School basketball team jersey for a combined total of $640,000.
Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls #23 jersey (above) that he held up at his first press conference as a member of the team sold for $320,000. The sale broke the previous world record for a Michael Jordan jersey.
Barack “Barry” Obama’s #23 jersey worn during his senior year at Punahou School as a member of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys’ varsity team sold for $192,000, a new world record for a high school jersey sold at auction. The previous world record was held by the sale of Lebron James’ high school basketball jersey which was sold for $187,500 on Oct. 19, 2019.
LeBron James’ official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA #23 jersey, worn, signed, and gifted by the NBA legend during his 2003-2004 rookie season sold for $128,000.
Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey, a white Reebok “7” signed jersey worn by the former NFL quarterback in his NFL debut as a San Francisco 49er on Oct. 2, 2011, sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL Jersey sold at auction. The previous world records were a tie between Johnny Unitas’ 1960 era Baltimore Colts NFL jersey sold for $118,230 on June 24, 2015, and Joe Namath’s AFL-era New York Jets rookie jersey sold for $118,230 on July 22, 2020.
Over 500 of the most highly collectible sports artifacts from the worlds of basketball, football, soccer, baseball, hockey and more stood atop the podium at this once in a lifetime sale of memorabilia, uniforms, medals, awards, and sports equipment. Other top highlights (with winning bids) included Kobe Bryant’s signed #8 limited edition NBA Finals jersey ($38,400), a 1984 Los Angeles Olympics relay torch ($22,400); and an official team captain’s armband from the 1958 World Cup ($10,240) and more.
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