World records for Michael Jordan and Barack Obama: jerseys auctioned for crazy sums!

Los Angeles, California - The old jerseys of sports icons are popular with fans and bring in a lot of money. Billionaire basketball legend Michael Jordan has now broken records with one of his jerseys.

Barack Obama has long been a fan of Michael Jordan. In 2016, he awarded the basketball legend the Presidential Medal of Freedom (archive image).
Barack Obama has long been a fan of Michael Jordan. In 2016, he awarded the basketball legend the Presidential Medal of Freedom (archive image).  © imago images / ZUMA Press

The 1984 Chicago Bulls jersey with the number 23 was auctioned on Friday for $320,000.

According to the auction house, Julien's Auctions, this is a world-record amount for a Jordan jersey.

Another basketball jersey became a highlight of the auction, which featured more than 500 sports memorabilia. This particular item didn't belong to a pro athlete: it was the high-school uniform of former president Barack Obama.

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Funnily enough, Obama's jersey also featured the number 23. That the two shared a number is fitting, as Obama has long been a fan of Jordan. In 2016, he presented the basketball legend the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Obama's white-blue jersey is from the 1979 season of the Punahou High School basketball team in Hawaii. The sale brought in $192,000 – a world record for a high-school jersey.

Other sports relics auctioned for outrageous sums

Two pieces of sports clothing, one from NBA superstar LeBron James and another from former football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sold for $128,000 each. A jersey from basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic accident last January, went for more than $38,000.

A torch from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles brought in more than $22,000.

Cover photo: imago images / ZUMA Press

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