The starting bid three weeks ago was $10,000, and 42 bids later, Paul Henderson’s jersey that he wore in Russia during the 1972 Summit Series sold for a whopping $1,067,538 through Montreal-based auction house Classic Auctions.
Canadian Tire, Molson, Calgary’s Forzani Group, and Vancouver billionaire Jim Pattison were all in the thick of it at one time or another, and one of these may be the actual winner, although the person or persons who have ended up with this thing might well remain anonymous. We’ll know soon enough.
Pattison was in the news once before when he was the winning bidder of John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce held at Sotheby’s in New York back in the 1980’s. The car immediately went on display at Expo ’86 held in Vancouver and I saw it in a museum in Victoria a couple of years ago.
The winning bidder is billionaire real estate developer Mitchell Goldhar who says he plans on showcasing the jersey in various places around the country so we can all see it.