Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt sells at a record price

Diego MaradonaThe shirt he wore during his historic goals “The Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century” sold for a record $ 9.28 million at auction Wednesday in Sotheby’s in London.

According to Sotheby’s, the final price of the shirt exceeds the previous record for all sports memorabilia and the shirt worn from the game never worn. The original autograph manuscript of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto sold for $ 8.8 million in December 2019 at Sotheby’s, and a Babe Ruth Yankees street shirt sold for $ 5.64 million in June 2019 by Hunt Auctions.

Maradona wore the shirt during the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals between Argentina and England. During the second half, Maradona scored a goal with his hand. After the game, he said he scored the goal with “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”. Hence, the target would be known as “God’s hand”.

The second goal known as “Goal of the Century” occurred when Maradona dribbled the English players, danced around them in angelic style, carried the ball to halfway and then scored goalkeeper Peter Shilton. In 2002, FIFA held a fan vote that gave the goal its current title.

Argentina beat England 2-1 and won the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Former England midfielder Steve Hodge, who had unwittingly thrown the ball to Maradona in “The Hand of God Play”, swapped shirts with Maradona after the match. Hodge has had possession of the shirt ever since and it has been on display at the National Football Museum since 2002, but on April 6, Sotheby’s announced that the shirt was up for auction.

“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. In the weeks following the auction announcement we were inundated with sports enthusiasts and collectors alike, with palpable excitement in the air for the duration of the public exhibit – and this unfiltered enthusiasm was carried over into the bids. This is arguably the most coveted football shirt ever auctioned, so it’s fitting that it now holds the auction record for any item of its kind, said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles.

Diego Maradona's historic shirt worn at the 1986 World Cup was sold at auction for $ 9.28 million.

Diego Maradona’s historic shirt worn during the 1986 World Cup sold at auction for $ 9.28 million on Wednesday.

(Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

To evaluate the authenticity of the shirt, Sotheby’s collaborated Photo resolution match to check if the shirt was “The Hand of God” shirt. This included examining the details of the shirt such as the patch, stripes and numbering.

Sotheby’s had estimated the shirt at $ 5 million to $ 7.5 million before it went up for auction.

Maradona died in November 2020. He played 91 matches for the Argentina national team and was a star for teams in Italy and Spain.

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