Following Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Late NBA Legend’s Iconic Memorabilia Creates History With $4.9 Million Sale

Published 10/04/2023, 12:10 PM EDT

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Memorabilia is an integral part of the NBA culture. The yearly earnings from the sale of NBA merchandise are a clear indicator of that. NBA fans, who can afford it, also buy their favorite NBA legend’s iconic memorabilia for millions of dollars through auctions.

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In recent news, a late NBA legend’s iconic memorabilia creates history with a $4.9 million sale.

Late NBA legend’s $4.9 million worth of iconic memorabilia

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In recent NBA news, late NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain’s 1972 NBA finals jersey was auctioned for a whopping $4.9 million. It is the third most expensive jersey to have been auctioned, a gold and purple Lakers jersey with Wilt’s iconic jersey number ‘13’. The iconic jersey has priceless value because of its rich history. During Wilt Chamberlain’s tenure as a Laker, he won his 2nd and final NBA championship in the 1972 NBA finals.

This iconic jersey is from the game where the 7-foot NBA legend won the Los Angeles Lakers its first-ever NBA championship. What makes this jersey even more iconic is that the late Wilt Chamberlain was nursing a broken hand from the previous NBA Finals game.

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He still managed to win the 1972 NBA Finals. His performance was so good that it was also the NBA Finals where he won his first NBA Finals MVP award. The NBA legend passed away in 1999 but his iconic performances in the NBA, especially the 1972 NBA finals, will forever be one of NBA’s most memorable moments.

 

This iconic Wilt Chamberlain Lakers jersey is the third most expensive NBA jersey to have ever been auctioned. Whose were the top two most expensive memorabilia?

Michael Jordan’s and the late Kobe Bryant’s iconic memorabilia

From signed ‘final career game’ tickets to the Olympic Gold medalist ring, the Black Mamba has a long list of iconic memorabilia that have been auctioned for millions of dollars. His most expensive jersey was sold for a mind-boggling $5.8 million. The late Kobe Bryant wore this jersey for only 25 games in the 2007-2008 NBA season. However, what made the jersey special was that he wore it in his one and only MVP season.

However, the most expensive NBA memorabilia to ever be auctioned was Michael Jordan’s. It was Jordan’s game-used jersey from Game 1 of the 1998 NBA finals. Why is it iconic? Because in 1998, Jordan created history by winning his second three-peat for the Chicago Bulls.

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Apart from the legendary Bill Russel who led the Boston Celtics to 8 consecutive NBA championships from 1959-1966, the Jordan-led Bulls were the only other NBA team to have experienced success like this.

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Akhil Chakravarthy

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Akhil is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for more than a decade and represented his state at the National level. To hone his understanding of the inner workings of the game, he closely follows the analysis of popular NBA insiders and reporters like Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania.
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