Offered for millions of dollars. 6 shirts for Messi at auction
A set of six shirts worn by Argentine star Lionel Messi during his country's 2022 World Cup crown trip was put up for auction in December, Sotheby's announced on Monday, valued at $10 million.
The Argentine star wore these shirts during the first half in the group stage against Saudi Arabia and Mexico, as well as subsequent matches in the knockout stages against Australia, the Netherlands and Croatia and the final against France.
Messi finally succeeded in encircling his neck with gold in the world championship, after failing to crown it in four previous editions.
Sotheby's said that if the price of the shirts actually exceeded $10 million, that could make the auction the most precious collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction.
The most expensive single shirt ever sold at auction was the one basketball legend Michael Jordan wore during the NBA final with the Chicago Bulls in 1998, selling for $10.1 million last year.
Auction houses have increasingly paid attention to sports memorabilia in recent years, which is a growing market.
The shirts are up for auction by U.S. tech startup AC Momento, which helps athletes manage souvenir collections.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to UNICAS, an initiative with a children's hospital in Barcelona that helps children with rare diseases.
The shirts will be available for public viewing when they go up for auction, from November 30 to December 14.