Diego Maradona's 'Hand Of God' Jersey Sells For Record Sum

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LONDON (AP) — The garment worn by Diego Maradona erstwhile helium scored the arguable “Hand of God” extremity against England successful the 1986 World Cup has sold for 7.1 cardinal pounds ($9.3 million), the highest terms ever paid astatine auction for a portion of sports memorabilia.

Auctioneer Sotheby’s sold the garment successful an online auction that closed Wednesday. It did not place the buyer.

Maradona scored 2 goals during the quarter-final crippled successful Mexico City connected June 22, 1986, conscionable 4 years aft Britain and Argentina had fought a warfare implicit the Falkland Islands. The Argentine great’s archetypal extremity was ruled a header, but the shot had bounced disconnected Maradona’s fist, retired of show of the referee.

Maradona said afterward that it had been scored “a small with the caput of Maradona, and a small with the manus of God.”

Diego Maradona said afterward that the extremity   had been scored “a small  with the caput  of Maradona, and a small  with the manus  of God."
Diego Maradona said afterward that the extremity had been scored “a small with the caput of Maradona, and a small with the manus of God."

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Maradona’s 2nd extremity saw him dribble the shot past astir the full English squad earlier beating goalkeeper Peter Shilton. In 2002, it was voted “goal of the century” successful a FIFA poll.

Argentina won the crippled 2-1 and went connected to triumph the World Cup.

After the crippled Maradona swapped shirts with England midfielder Steve Hodge, who loaned it semipermanent to England’s National Football Museum successful Manchester earlier putting it up for sale.

Maradona, considered by galore to beryllium the top subordinate of each time, struggled with cocaine maltreatment and different excesses and died successful November 2020 astatine property 60.

Argentina won the crippled  2-1 and went connected  to triumph   the World Cup.
Argentina won the crippled 2-1 and went connected to triumph the World Cup.

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After Sotheby’s announced the coming merchantability past month, relatives of Maradona expressed uncertainty the bluish No. 10 jersey was the garment the shot prima had worn successful the 2nd fractional of the game, erstwhile helium scored some goals.

The auction location said the shirt’s individuality was confirmed by sports memorabilia photo-matching steadfast Resolution Photomatching and confirmed by Sotheby’s main subject officer.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s caput of streetwear and modern collectables, said the garment was “a tangible reminder of an important infinitesimal not lone successful the past of sports, but successful the past of the 20th century.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s caput  of streetwear and modern   collectables, said the garment  was “a tangible reminder of an important   infinitesimal   not lone  successful  the past  of sports, but successful  the past  of the 20th century.
Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s caput of streetwear and modern collectables, said the garment was “a tangible reminder of an important infinitesimal not lone successful the past of sports, but successful the past of the 20th century.

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The erstwhile grounds for sports memorabilia was $8.8 cardinal paid astatine a December 2019 auction for the manifesto that launched the modern Olympic movement.

The erstwhile grounds for a portion of sportswear was $5.64 cardinal for a Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey successful 2019. The merchantability prices see an auction location complaint known arsenic the buyer’s premium.

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