Obama basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 20 2019 07:40 AM

This undated handout photo from Heritage Auctions and obtained by AFP on August 19, 2019 shows a Punahou High School basketball jersey worn by former student Barack Obama during his senior year as part of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys' varsity basketball team. Handout / Heritage Auctions / AFP

NEW YORK - A basketball jersey once owned by former US president Barack Obama sold Monday for $120,000, according to the Dallas auction house that sold it.

The number 23 jersey belonged to 18-year-old Obama while he was a senior at Punahou high school in Hawaii, where he lived at the time, according to Heritage Auctions.

The jersey was valued at $100,000 before it was sold.

Obama is a known basketball fan and was often seen playing during his tenure at the White House, with presidential staffers, celebrities or other guests.

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