Basketball jersey worn by a young Barack Obama brings in big bucks at auction

Basketball jersey worn by a young Barack Obama brings in big bucks at auction
(Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The number 23 basketball jersey that is believed to have been worn by President Obama has been sold.

The Associated Press reports an anonymous bidder who specializes in collecting American and sports artifacts secured the winning bid Saturday night.

The final price: $120,000.

(Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com)
(Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com) (Source: Emily Clements)

Heritage Auctions, handled the sale, said Obama wore the jersey in the 1978-79 season.

The lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Peter Noble — the Obama classmate who put the item up for sale — and Noble’s 1979 Punahou School yearbook.

Noble, who was three years behind Obama at the elite Honolulu prep school, told the Associated Press that he grabbed the jersey the summer before his senior year because it was destined for the trash.

He says he took it because 23 was his number on the basketball team.

It wasn’t until Obama became president that Noble saw a photo of Obama wearing the jersey.

Heritage says “every detail” of the jersey up for sale is a perfect match to the one Obama can be seen wearing in yearbook images.

Noble says a portion of the sale will go to the school, the AP reports.

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