Record-Breaking Auction…Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ Jersey sells for $9.3 million

The Jersey worn by the Argentinian Football legend when he secured a “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup has sold at an auction for almost $9.3 million and it is a record-breaking auction ever in the history of sports items of sports memorabilia, a fine arts company Sotheby’s said. 

The time when Maradona scored against England at the 1986 World Cup has been seen as his brilliant performed time at the Mexico tournament. The Jersey he wore at that tournament was named ‘Hand of God’ when the goal kick happened with Argentina star’s hand presence. 

The goal was illegal under association football rules due to Maradona using his hand, but because the referees did not have a clear view of the play and video assistant referee technology did not exist, it stood to give Argentina a 1–0 lead. Argentina went on to win 2–1, with Maradona scoring a second goal known as the “Goal of the Century” on the way to claiming the World Cup.

Bram Watcher, head of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby’s, said the historic shirt was a vivid reminder of a momentous moment not only in the history of sports but also in the history of the twentieth century. The name ‘Hand of God’ has been given after it said that it had been scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”

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However, the buyer of the auction is unknown, but the amount calculated is $9.3 million which is around 7.1 million pounds. Meanwhile, the previous record for a match-worn shirt was held by Babe Ruth’s Yankees road Jersey, which sold for $5.64 million in 2019. 

Moreover, after Sotheby’s announced the coming sale last month, relatives of Maradona expressed doubt the blue No. 10 jersey was the shirt the soccer star had worn in the second half of the game when he scored both goals. The shirt’s identity has been confirmed by Resolution Photomatching, a sports-memorabilia photo-matching company, and confirmed by Sotheby’s chief science officer.