Sotheby’s revealed on Monday that a set of six jerseys worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina’s winning 2022 World Cup campaign will be up for auction in December. The jerseys are estimated to be worth $10 million.
In addition to games against Australia, the Netherlands, Croatia, and France in the final, the football player wore these shirts throughout the opening halves of the group stage matches against Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Argentina’s winning run in Qatar last year was the final feather in the forward’s cap, having failed to secure the championship in four previous World Cups.
If the jerseys indeed fetch above $10 million, that could make the sale the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever auctioned off, Sotheby’s said.
During his 1998 NBA Finals run with the Chicago Bulls, basketball icon Michael Jordan wore the most expensive individual jersey ever sold at auction.
$10.1 million was the sale price last year.
Auction houses have increasingly taken note of sports memorabilia in recent years, considered a growing market.
US tech startup AC Momento, which assists athletes in managing memorabilia collections, is bringing the shirts to auction.
A portion of the sales will go to support children with rare diseases through the UNICAS Project, an initiative in partnership with a children’s hospital in Barcelona.
When the jerseys go up for sale, from November 30 to December 14, the public can view them for free.