One million dollars for a signed, game-worn Bill Russell jersey

A white, game-worn Bill Russell Boston CelticsHunt Auctions announced that a jersey was sold for $1022,250 including buyer's premium.

The jersey was signed with letters from Hunt Auctions, James Spence Authentication and Russell.

Friday's auction, which was online only, was the second of two Russell auctions that Hunt hosted. Russell-related items made up about $8.86 million in total. The December event was held in Boston's TD Garden and brought in $7.4 Million.

In Friday's auction, 286 Russell lots were sold. Russell's 1960s warm up jacket (which was sold for $94,000) and the U.S. Olympic warm up suit (which was sold for $76,375) which he wore at the 1956 Summer Games.

An industry expert said that Russell's signature was difficult to find for decades and that game-used jerseys were “exceedingly scarce” for many years. Hunt Auctions brought 700 Russell's items into the collectible space between the December and April sales.

On Friday, Russell's second-game-worn jersey reached the $1 million mark. It's not often that Russell's personal collection reaches this level for game-worn uniforms. Russell's jersey from his 1969 NBA Finals win, which was the decisive victory, sold for $1.1million at the December auction.

The sum is quite eye-opening but Kobe Bryant still holds the record for the highest paid price for a game-used NBA jersey. In May last year, a Bryant jersey sold for $3.69million on Goldin's collectibles marketplace.

Diego Maradona's 1986 World Cup uniform “Hand of God”, which is expected to be the most expensive game-worn jersey, was already offered at Sotheby's for $5 million.

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