The sweat-soaked jersey LeBron James wore during the first half of Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals has been sold for more than $50,000 to an anonymous bidder.
That was the contest in which the air conditioning in San Antonio's AT&T Center broke, and James was forced to sit out the final four minutes of Miami's loss after experiencing cramps in his legs.
Because of the humidity in the building, players on both teams switched jerseys at halftime. The NBA collected some of these uniforms and auctioned them. James' was by far the most expensive, going to an anonymous bidder for $50,020.
The same buyer who purchased James' jersey, only identified on the NBA's auction site as "j****n," also purchased the Game 1 jerseys of Tim Duncan ($20,770), Kawhi Leonard ($14,020), Tony Parker ($11,020), Dwyane Wade ($10,770), Ray Allen ($5,770), Chris Bosh ($5,770), Shane Battier ($2,820) and Chris Andersen ($1,851). A different bidder won Manu Ginobili's Game 1 jersey for $15,300.
While $50,000 is nothing to sneeze at, the jersey probably could have gone for significantly more had the Heat won the series. Miami lost Game 1 and went on to lose the Finals, 4-1.
Here's how James' jersey compares to other notable pieces of memorabilia sold at auction:
--A duplicate of Kobe Bryant's 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring: $174,184
--Christian Laettner's 'The Shot' jersey: $119,500
--Michael Jordan's Flu Game' shoes: $104,765
--A Hank Aaron game-worn jersey from 1969: $49,918
--Ravens running back Damien Berry's Super Bowl XLVII ring: $43,008
--LeBron James' 'King James' jersey from the Heat's nickname game against the Nets: $41,050
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