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Diego Maradona’s Iconic ‘Hand of God’ Shirt Sells for Record $9.3 Million at Online Auction


The jersey Diego Maradona wore against England at the 1986 World Cup – synonymous with his brilliance at that tournament in Mexico – sold for almost $9.3million at an auction in line, breaking the record for a sports memorabilia item.

The blue jersey was sold to an anonymous buyer for £7,142,500 ($9,284,536), Sotheby’s said.

It was previously in the possession of former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who swapped shirts with Maradona after Argentina’s 2-1 quarter-final win.

During the match, Hodge unintentionally kicked the ball in the air for Maradona to score the infamous “Hand of God” goal.

Minutes later, Maradona scored the ‘goal of the century’ – as later voted on in a FIFA poll – receiving a pass near the halfway line, before blasting his way towards the goal, dodging a series of England players and tackles, then flicking the ball past Peter Shilton.

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

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“In the weeks since the announcement of the auction, 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 trickled down to the auctions.

“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 such item.”

According to Sotheby’s, the previous auction record for a sports memorabilia item was the original autograph manuscript of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto, which sold for $8.8 million in December 2019.

The jersey broke the previous record for a jersey worn in game.

The previous record for a jersey worn in a game was held by Babe Ruth’s Yankees road jersey, which sold for $5.64 million in 2019.

Prior to the auction, Maradona’s shirt had been valued between £4 million ($5.25 million) and £6 million ($7.5 million).

* The individualisation of the Sotheby’s shirt to the shirt worn when Maradona scored the infamous goal was undertaken by the leading sports memorabilia photo matching company, Resolution Photomatching and was subsequently reviewed by the Scientific Director of Sotheby’s, who physically examined the shirt to confirm the corresponding characteristics,” the auction house added in its press release.


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