September has the potential to be a rewarding month for Sotheby’s and collectors.
The auction house recently announced that it will offer Michael Jordan’s famous “Last Dance” jersey in a single-lot online auction, dubbed “Invictus,” to be held September 6-14. She has now unveiled items from “Invictus Part II”, another online sale that will run alongside the auction which includes 16 additional pieces of coveted sports memorabilia.
The sale will feature iconic artifacts ranging from jerseys to sneakers to signed gear. Each article has ties to some of the biggest names of the past 30 years, including Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky and LeBron James. Rest assured, Sotheby’s does not suffer from recency bias. You can also bid on relics touched by Muhammed Ali, Steve Prefontaine and Jackie Robinson.
Among the top lots is a pair of Nike Oregon Waffle sneakers owned by Prefontaine, who was the cobbler’s first signed athlete. The legendary runner is credited by some with launching the company’s image as a running shoe company. The vibrant green and yellow waffle sneakers are the first owned by Prefontaine to be sold publicly. They are expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000 at auction, but given their place in Nike history, they could fetch more.
Another highlight is the stick Gretzky used in the final game of his illustrious career. “The Great One”, as fans called him, is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time. The NHL’s all-time point guard played his last game in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 1999. Prior to the opening showdown, he reportedly signed several hockey sticks to donate to his Rangers from New York. teammates and staff. The stick headed to the auction block is the only known example of a matched photo and could sell for between $125,000 and $200,000.
You’ll also be able to bid on the jersey Bryant wore in the 2015-16 season opener, his last in the NBA. The shooter played for 20 years, during which he won five championships, a league MVP award and became one of the players most associated with the Los Angeles Lakers. The match jersey is expected to fetch between $120,000 and $140,000 at auction.
Other items include Nike Zoom sneakers worn and signed by James from the 2005-2006 season, Federer’s racket used and signed by the 2011 French Open match, an Indianapolis Colts worn by the first Manning’s MVP season, the Nike x Off- signed by Williams. White Blazer Mid “Queen” sneakers by Virgil Abloh, a baseball signed by Robinson and Babe Ruth and the kufi Ali wore before the “Thrilla in Manila” in 1975. Online bidding for Invictus Part II lots will be open from September 6 to 14.
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