London: The shirt worn by Argentine football legend Diego Maradona for the infamous Hand of God sold at auction in London on Wednesday for 7.1 million pounds ($9.3 million), setting a new record for all sports memorabilia sold under the title. hammer go.
On June 22, 1986, a 25-year-old Maradona had made history in what is now one of the world’s most famous football matches – the Argentina-England quarter-finals of the FIFA world cup†
Maradona scored two of the most special and infamous goals in the sport. Argentina would win the cup and that day, Maradona’s name was permanently established in the sport’s chronicle. Now that shirt has gone up for auction at Sotheby’s in London.
This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of the sport, but in the history of the 20th century, says Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables.
“In the weeks since we announced the auction, we have been inundated by sports fans and collectors alike, with a palpable excitement in the air during the public exhibition and this unfiltered enthusiasm reflected in the bidding. This is arguably the most coveted football shirt ever to come up for auction, so it’s fitting that it now holds the auction record for every item of its kind,” he said.
The shirt came from the collection of English midfielder Steve Hodge, who inadvertently threw the ball to Maradona during the game, with whom Maradona had changed shirts after the game, as Maradona himself recalled in his autobiography ‘Touched by God’.
Before Wednesday’s sale, the auction record for sports memorabilia was the original signature manuscript of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto, which sold at Sotheby’s in December 2019 for $8.8 million. Jersey, which sold for $5.64 million in 2019.
The auction house said the individualization of the Sotheby’s shirt on the shirt worn at the time Maradona scored. The infamous goal was scored by sports memorabilia photo-matching company Resolution Photomatching and was subsequently reviewed by Sotheby’s Chief Science Officer, who physically examined the shirt. to confirm the matching attributes.
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