NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sotheby’s today announced a multiyear partnership, making Sotheby’s the Official Game-Worn Source of the NBA. The collaboration will provide fans access to purchase a wide-range of iconic game-worn NBA memorabilia.
To commemorate the partnership, the NBA and Sotheby’s launched their Tip-Off auction today on Sothebys.com/NBAAuctions, which features a notable selection of more than 60 game-worn jerseys, from Kia NBA Tip-Off 2023 as well as prior seasons. Highlights from the auction will be publicly available at Sotheby’s New York Headquarters November 14-22, with bidding open through November 28.
“The NBA is one of the most iconic and beloved sports leagues globally, and its game-worn memorabilia have captured the hearts of fans and collectors worldwide,” said Brahm Wachter, Head of Modern Collectibles, Sotheby’s. “Our journey in the sports memorabilia world aligns with our broader mission of expanding access to and ownership of extraordinary objects with exceptional provenance. We look forward to providing a platform that enables fans and collectors to own a piece of NBA history with unparalleled level of trust and assurance.”
“Our partnership with Sotheby’s provides NBA fans around the world the opportunity to own special pieces of NBA history from the very moments that celebrate their fandom,” said Matt Holt, Head of Consumer Products, NBA. “We look forward to leveraging Sotheby’s expertise in art and luxury as we offer collectors and fans a seamless experience to access the best of NBA memorabilia through our marketplace.”
Throughout the 2023-24 NBA season, Sotheby’s will host a variety of auctions – both online and live – that feature NBA game-worn jerseys, apparel, and other memorabilia available for purchase only at Sotheby’s. The exclusive products will include items from marquee events, such as Kia NBA Tip-Off, NBA Christmas Day, NBA All-Star, the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, NBA In-Season Tournament, regular season games and more.
For more information on the partnership and to stay updated on upcoming auctions, please visit Sothebys.com/NBAAuctions.
About the NBA
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 214 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2023-24 season featured a record 125 international players from 40 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all leagues, team and player platforms. NBA Cares, the NBA’s global social responsibility platform, partners with renowned community-based organizations around the world to address important social issues in the areas of education, inclusion, youth and family development, and health and wellness.
Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Sotheby’s promotes access to and ownership of exceptional art and luxury objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 70 categories which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Design, as well as collectible cars and real estate. Sotheby’s believes in the transformative power of art and culture and is committed to making our industries more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative.
* Estimates do not include buyer’s premium or overhead premium. Prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium and overhead premium and are net of any fees paid to the purchaser where the purchaser provided an irrevocable bid.