Jersey Christian Laettner Wore for Iconic Duke 'Shot' Sells for Hefty $119,500

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 13, 2014

Apr 5, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; NCAA basketball former player Christian Laettner speaks during the 75 years of March madness press conference in preparation for the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Laettner caught a Hail Mary heave from Grant Hill, dribbled once, turned and fired a dagger into the heart of Kentucky nation. Nearly 22 years later, the jersey Laettner was wearing fetched $119,500 at auction. 

ESPN's Darren Rovell reports one lucky (extremely rich?) bidder won the ability to show off a prized piece of sports history to friends who happen upon their now-pricey display room. 

A jersey believed to have been worn by Christian Laettner when he took the famous turnaround jumper to lead Duke over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament has been sold by an auction house for $119,500.

So far this is a great story, but we need to take a quick break to notice one word that sticks out like a neon light display on a desolate street: believed

One would certainly hope a certificate of authenticity would come when plunking down nearly $120,000 on a used jersey. For that price, Laettner had better show up and regale you with a retelling of the moment and a live reinterpretation of how it all went down. 

For that kind of money, Grant Hill had better show up and toss you some passes as well. 

Rovell goes on to write the auction was held by, an auction house that came across the college basketball memento, "by a consigner who was presented with the jersey by Laettner when that season concluded."

Also, according to the report, the proud owner of one very famous Laettner jersey has wished to remain anonymous. What's more, the jersey connoisseur was reportedly the sole bidder. 

Now before you chide the winner for their ability to bid responsibly, Rovell reported back in December that the auction had a starting reserve of $100,000. 

Here is the moment that should have Duke faithful smiling. Every other fan is encouraged to skip past the video.  

The other interesting part of the report is this isn't the highest sum procured for a jersey in an auction. No, that distinction goes to a Julius Erving jersey, which sold for a whopping $190,414 back in 2011. 

There is no mention as to the game Erving wore that particular item. For that price, we hope it was all of them. 

As for this particular slice of history, we congratulate whomever it was who took home the top prize, outbidding nobody, because nobody wanted to pay more than $100,000 for a Laettner jersey. 

Hold that head high, because you are the only person on Earth who can welcome pals to the house and ask them if they want to see the jersey believed to have been worn by Laettner when he dropped his iconic shot. 


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