Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ football shirt sets UK auction record

“This historic jersey is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of the sport, but in the history of the 20th century”

“This historic jersey is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of the sport, but in the history of the 20th century”

The shirt worn by Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ football shirt sold at auction in London on Wednesday for 7.1 million pounds ($9.3 million), setting a new record for all items of sports memorabilia gone under the hammer.

On June 22, 1986, 25-year-old Maradona made history in what is now one of the most famous football matches in the world – the Argentina v England quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup. FIFA.

Maradona scored two of the most extraordinary and notorious goals in sport. Argentina will win the cup and on that day Maradona’s name will be forever inscribed in the sports chronicle. Now that shirt has gone under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London.

“This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not just in sports history, but in 20th century history,” said Brahm Wachter, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s.

“In the weeks since the auction was announced, we have been inundated with sports fans and collectors, with palpable excitement in the air for the duration of the public display – and that enthusiasm unfiltered has trickled down to the bidding This is arguably the most coveted football shirt ever to come to auction, so it’s only fitting that it now holds the auction record for any item in this guy,” he said.

” Touched by God”.

Prior to Wednesday’s sale, the auction record for all sports memorabilia was the original autograph manuscript of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto, which sold at Sotheby’s for $8.8 million in December 2019. sold for $5.64 million in 2019.

The auction house said the individualisation of the Sotheby’s shirt to the shirt worn when Maradona scored the infamous goal was undertaken by sports memorabilia photo matching company, Resolution Photomatching, and was subsequently examined by the scientific director of Sotheby’s, who physically examined the shirt. to confirm the corresponding features.

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