November 30, 2023


Collectibles dealer Sotheby’s expects Wilt Chamberlain’s 1972 NBA Finals jersey to promote for greater than $4 million in an upcoming public sale.

Sotheby’s calls the jersey Chamberlain wore within the championship-clinching Recreation 5 victory over the New York Knicks probably the most precious piece of his memorabilia ever to look available on the market. The present document sale for a Chamberlain sports activities memorabilia merchandise is $1.79 million in June 2023. It was for a jersey worn his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors.

On-line bidding will run from August 28 to September 27.

The 7-foot-1 Chamberlain anchored the crew that gained the Lakers’ first NBA title. Taking part in with a damaged hand, he had 24 factors and 29 rebounds in Recreation 5 in opposition to New York and was named Finals MVP.

Chamberlain died at age 63 in 1999.

“This jersey holds an awfully important place within the historical past of Los Angeles, not solely adorned by the person many think about to be the best participant ever to step on the court docket, however as a relic from one of many biggest franchises in sports activities historical past,” mentioned Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and trendy collectibles.”

The jersey is being provided with a group depicting it in magazines, newspapers, pictures, buying and selling playing cards and extra. Will probably be on show for the general public on the Sotheby’s Los Angeles gallery from August 2 to August 31.

Chamberlain is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Famer and a four-time NBA most useful participant. He scored 100 factors in a recreation in 1962 — a document that also stands.