Count Down Begins To Auction Of Maradona ‘Hand Of God’ Jersey

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The count down to the auction of Diego Maradona’s iconic “Hand of God” shirt has begun after Sotheby’s put it on display Wednesday with some enthusiasts turning to social media to raise funds.

Maradona, who had undergone brain surgery, died at his home in November 2020 aged 60.  

Sotheby’s said the £4m reserve has already been met with two weeks remaining for bidders.

Former footballer Steve Hodge was in Midfield for England when  Maradona scored with the “Hand of God” in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup victory.

Hodge swapped shirts with Maradona at the end of the game in Mexico City.

But the family of the late Argentinian superstar is known to dispute the claim.

Maradona’s daughter, Dalma, and his ex-wife, Claudia Villafane, have in the past said the “real shirt” was owned by somebody else.

The jersey has been on display at England’s National Football Museum for the last 19 years.

The two-week online auction which opened Wednesday and will run until 4 May is expected to fetch more than £4 million ($5.2m).