Sotheby’s auction house has announced that it will be selling a set of six Lionel Messi jerseys from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at an auction in December. The company estimates that the collection, which includes Messi’s stripes worn against Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, Croatia and France, is worth more than $10 million.
The “priceless” collection of sports memorabilia will be sold online from November 30 to December 14 and will also be displayed to the public at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. This makes it the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction.
For comparison, the most expensive jersey currently sold at auction is the one worn by Michael Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz. It was sold for $10.1 million.
Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the UNICAS project, which is run by Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) in Barcelona with support from Leo Messi Foundation. This project aims to respond to the needs of children suffering from rare diseases.