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When a player is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, there is an official Hall of Fame portrait produced and put on display in the gallery memorializing that player’s induction. These portraits that hung on display at the Hall of Fame when the athletes were inducted are the equivalent of the Hall of Fame plaques that hang in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and capture the essence of the legendary player and are on display for the thousands of patrons that walk through the hallowed hall from year-to-year. However, with new renovations already underway, these official portraits are being made available to the public exclusively through Goldin Auctions. The pinnacle of any athlete’s career comes when he or she are selected into that sport’s Hall of Fame and for basketball, that ultimate journey ends in Springfield, Massachusetts at the aforementioned Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named for the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, the Hall of Fame is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history.

Since 2002 when the dome-shaped exhibition hall opened, each new member inducted into the Hall of Fame received their customized orange blazer and their black and white 25 x 28-inch portrait would hang for display around the domed ceiling on the third floor. These displays made up four rows surrounding the complex, however, with the Class of 2018, the space had been used up and those portraits were displayed in a different spot. To adjust for the needed space, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame embarked on a $30 million renovation where all enshrined players would be housed in a different area and show the players in a digital form with more information at the ready.

As part of Goldin Auctions’ partnership with the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, we had the privilege in acquiring the original Hall of Fame portraits that were formerly on display at the hallowed hall since as early as 2002. Offered here is the official portrait of Michael Jordan. Arguably, the greatest player of all-time, Jordan has been credited for the NBA boom of the mid-to-late 1980’s. His highlight reel dunks and his marketability, set the stage for a new era of basketball. Jordan would lead the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles and was a five-time NBA MVP. Jordan was a 14-time All-Star, an NCAA champion with North Carolina, a two-time gold medal winner with Team USA at the Olympics in 1984 and 1992, and was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Jordan’s enshrinement portrait consists of a black and white photograph on thin paper that allows for a visual effect when illuminated for display at the Hall of Fame. Measuring 25 x 28 inches, Jordan’s portrait is a bust shot of him in his home Chicago Bulls jersey staring directly into the camera with an earring in his left ear. “MICHAEL JORDAN” is printed in red with white borders below his face and the background has small wavy lines. His photo comes with two clear Plexi-Glass covers for protection. This Hall of Fame photograph comes with a letter of authenticity from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Please note that if the winning bidder so chooses, Goldin Auctions can include the large dark gray metal tv-like frame that was used for the lighting display at the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. This piece measures 29 ½ x 29-inches at its base and is 14 ½ inches deep. The winning bidder would be responsible for the shipping cost which will be substantial given the dimensions and the weight (approximately 60 lbs.) and providing electrical hookup as there are no cords or wiring provided. This is only an option for the winning bidder and is not in conjunction with the sale of the portrait.

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