Maradona’s shirt against England in 1986 at auction
Who will be able to afford the legendary jersey that Diego Maradona wore when he crucified England at the 1986 World Cup? Two years after the death ofPibe de Oro“, the object will be auctioned by Sotheby’s, which hopes to sell it for more than 5 million dollars.
For more than 35 years, this blue jersey bearing the number 10 has had the sole owner of former England midfielder Steve Hodge. Well inspired, he had exchanged his with the « Pibe de Oroat the end of the match won by the Argentines (2-1) and remained one of the most controversial in the history of the World Cup.
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The ex-English player, who made it the title of his autobiography (“The man with Maradona’s shirt« ) and had given the jersey to the National Football Museum in Manchester for display, still promising at the death of Maradona that the object was not for sale and that it had a « incredible sentimental value« . But the time seems to have come.
In the press release from Sotheby’s announcing the sale, Steve Hodge says to himself « certain that the new owner will be very proud to own« this jersey, which »has deep cultural significance for the world of football, the people of Argentina and the people of England« .
Sotheby’s, which will exhibit it at its London premises during the internet sale (April 20 to May 4), has set the starting price at 4 million pounds, or more than $5.2 million, told AFP its head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter.
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