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Jersey donned by MJ in last regular-season Bulls game sells for $173K

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The jersey donned by Michael Jordan in what would be his final regular-season game as a member of the Chicago Bulls sold for a whopping $173,240 at auction Sunday.

The game, played on April 18, 1998, was against the New York Knicks in which Jordan dropped 44 points in 40 minutes in a 111-109 victory. The Bulls of course finished the 1997-98 regular-season campaign 62-20 before rolling through the playoffs which was capped by a 4-2 NBA Finals series win over the Utah Jazz and Jordan’s sixth championship.

Jordan would announce his second retirement shortly afterward, but would suit up for the Washington Wizards after a three-season hiatus.

But the jersey sold Sunday was the last one Jordan ever wore as a member of the Bulls in the regular season, making it a prized possession among memorabilia enthusiasts.

“No one who has been out of the game fewer than fifteen years has had items sell for these kinds of prices,” said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, the outfit behind the sale of the jersey, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “Michael Jordan is the collectible equivalent of Babe Ruth.”

The iconic No. 23 Bulls uni was authenticated by both the Chicago Bulls as well as independent jersey authenticator MeiGray.

A pair of shoes worn by Jordan in 1996 NBA Finals also sold at the auction for $34,160.