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Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt sets new auction record for sports memorabilia

At auction, the shirt Diego Maradona wore when he scored two memorable goals to knock England out in 1986 has sold for more than PS7m.

The Aztec Stadium in Mexico was host to the quarter-final. The ball hit the Argentina player‘s hand, before landing in the net for the goal that would become known as the “Hand of God”.

The forward stated that the goal was made “a little bit with the head Maradona and a little bit with the hand God” at the time.

Image: Maradona’s 1986 shirt sold for PS7.142,500. Pic by Tristan Fewings/Getty images for Sotheby’s

In Mexico City, the match saw Peter Shilton, the footballing legend who passed away in 2020 score the “goal” of the century when he scored against Peter Shilton. This resulted in his team winning the tournament with a 2-1 win.


According to Sotheby’s, the shirt sold for PS7.142,500, a new auction record.

Brahm Wachter was Sotheby’s Head for Streetwear and Modern Collectables. He said that there was an “unfiltered enthusiasm” during bidding.

He stated, “This historic shirt is an tangible reminder of an essential moment in the history not only of sports but also of the history the 20th century.”

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“In the weeks that have passed since the announcement of the auction, we have been overwhelmed by collectors and sports fans alike. There was a palpable excitement throughout the exhibition and it was echoed in bidding.

“This is undoubtedly the most sought-after football shirt ever to be auctioned, so it’s fitting that it holds the auction record of any type of object.”

The shirt was collected by Steve Hodge (England midfielder), who accidentally flicked Maradona the ball before the ‘Hand of God’ moment.

Image Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty images for Sotheby’s

Hodge was Maradona’s partner in crime after the match.

Maradona beat Shilton early in the second period and used his hand for the goal.

This moment would be a slap in the face for England fans for many years. But, no one can deny that the Argentine was brilliant four minutes later. He grabbed the ball at the halfway line and beat five England players before scoring home.

If the goal of the “Hand of God” had been achieved today, VAR would probably rule it out.

England had hope when Gary Lineker scored a goal in the second half. Manager Bobby Robson couldn’t find an equalizer.

This auction comes after Maradona’s eldest daughter, who had doubted the shirt’s authenticity, told Metro Argentinian Radio that the shirt being sold was worn in the first period and not the second.

Forbes was told by Sotheby’s that an independent company had done analysis using photos of the player in halftime – and that authenticity was never doubted when the shirt was displayed at the National Football Museum for twenty years.


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