LeBron James jersey sells for record $3.7m

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On Friday, a game-worn jersey of basketball superstar LeBron James sold for a record $3.7 million at auction.

The sum is five times the previous record for one of 38-year-old James’ shirts.

As he approaches the NBA’s all-time scoring record, the sale has sparked even more interest than usual.

According to AFP, Sotheby’s in New York sold the jersey that James wore while playing for the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

It smashed the previous record of $630,000 for a LeBron James All-Star jersey worn in 2020.

Game-worn sports memorabilia is big business.

Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey, which sold for $10.1 million in September 2022, is currently the most valuable such item.

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” jersey sold for $9.3 million at Sotheby’s in London last year.

James needs just 178 points to eclipse Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s tally of 38,387 points, one of the most coveted and longstanding records in basketball.

Sotheby’s also sold a dress worn by the late Princess Diana for $604,800 Friday.

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