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Barack Obama's high school basketball jersey scores $120,000 at Dallas auction

Obama's high school basketball jersey scores $120K at Dallas auction

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A collector bought the jersey in Dallas for $120,000. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions

A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama in high school sold for $120,000 in a Dallas auction on August 17.

According to the Associated Press, the jersey sold to a collector of American and sports artifacts in Dallas who did not want to be identified.

The jersey was the most popular item of Heritage Auctions' $11 million Sports Platinum Night Memorabilia Auction, garnering nearly 13,000 page views and generating 27 bids.

The stunning sale price even topped the winning bid of the only known Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb dual-signed photograph, which sold for $111,000, the auction house says in a release. (It did not, however, beat out a 1937 Lou Gehrig game-worn New York Yankees jersey with photos, which sold for a staggering $2.58 million.)

The former president's No. 23 jersey — issued during the 1978-1979 season at Honolulu's Punahou School — was offered by Peter Noble, a 55-year-old Seattle man who was three years behind Obama in school. Noble says he rescued the jersey from the trash pile when new varsity jerseys arrived on campus.

The auction house says it was worn by an 18-year-old "Barry" Obama during his senior year at Punahou as a member of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys’ varsity basketball team.

Noble's yearbook from that year includes a photo of No. 23-Obama shooting a basket captioned, “Barry Obama goes up for a basket against St. Louis.”

Obama, still a rabid basketball fan, was known to start pickup games while in office.

According to the AP, Noble has said that a portion of the sale will go to the school.