The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored arguably the most infamous goal in football has fetched a record price at an auction.
The 7.14 million pounds ($8.93 million) bidding price marked a new auction record for an item of sports memorabilia.
The item was originally set to fetch a bid of just about $5 million.
Maradona wore the No. 10 shirt for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England in Mexico.
Six minutes into the second half he put his team ahead by punching the ball into the net which forever became known as the “Hand of God” goal.
Four minutes later Maradona dribbled past the entire defense from his own half to score a goal widely considered one of the greatest in World Cup history.
England midfielder Steve Hodge managed to get his hands on the Maradona jersey after the game and announced last month he was putting it up for auction after 19 years on display at England’s National Football Museum.
“This historic shirt is a tangible reminder of an important moment not only in the history of sports, but in the history of the 20th century,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables.
Sotheby’s announced that the buyer was anonymous.
The sale broke the previous record for sports memorabilia set by the original autograph manuscript of the Olympic Manifesto from 1892, which went for $8.8 million in 2019.
The sale of Maradona’s jersey became of point of contention with claims that the wrong shirt was going under the hammer, with his daughter and ex-wife saying Hodge received the shirt Maradona wore in the first half of the match.
Sotheby’s however argued that they used photo-matching technology to “conclusively” match the shirt to both goals by “examining unique details on various elements of the item, including the patch, stripes, and numbering”.
Maradona, regarded as one of the best in the history of the sport, passed away in November 2020 aged 60.