Obama’s school basketball jersey could fetch $200k in auction

Obama’s school basketball jersey could fetch $200k in auction

They’re hoping Obama fans will shoot high for this memorabilia.

Clothes worn by Barack Obama and wife Michelle are being sold in a celebrity auction — with the former president’s high school basketball jersey expected to score as much as $200,000.

The hoops-loving president’s jersey will be auctioned off alongside items owned by superstars like Michael Jordan, Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant in the “Icons and Idols” sports sale by Julien’s Auctions in Beverley Hills on Dec. 4.

The number 23 shirt from his days on the Punahou School team in Hawaii comes with the 1979 school yearbook, which includes photos of him playing. They’re expected to fetch $150,000 to $200,000, Julien’s said.

Meanwhile, an elegant cocktail dress worn by Michelle during a 2010 Washington fundraiser will then be sold at a “Hollywood” auction two days later, Julien’s announced Wednesday.

The black vintage Norman Norell 1950s gown — believed to be the former First Lady’s only gown to have been offered in an auction — is expected to fetch $50,000 to $70,000, the auction house said.

“The Obamas’ personal items … don’t come up very often,” said Kody Frederick, gallery director for Julien’s Auctions.

“But every now and again some things fall through the cracks.”

Obama’s well-documented love of basketball continued during his eight years as president — as he even converted a tennis court at the White House into a basketball court.

Michele Obama’s iconic dress she wore to the Christmas in Washington Celebration in 2010.

Julien’s Auctions

Michelle Obama at the Christmas in Washington Celebration at the National Building Museum in Washington December 12, 2010.


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Frederick said he expected interest to come from “sports collectors, history collectors and those who want to feel part of the legacy of President Obama.”

The Obamas did not put the items up for sale, the auction house said without elaboration.

The two items will go on public exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, and at Julien’s in Beverly Hills ahead of the sale.

With Post wires

Obama’s school basketball jersey could fetch $200k in auction

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