Miracle on Ice jersey realises $72,000 in Dallas auction

A jersey worn by John Harrington, who played on the right wing of the 1980 US Olympic hockey "Miracle on Ice" squad, has sold for $71,700.

The lot headlined a sale of sports memorabilia at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on November 6-8.

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The US beat the USSR in the 1980 Olympic hockey finals

The legendary game saw a side made up of college and amateur level players face off against a well-drilled Soviet national team.

Following a nail biting start, the US managed to snatch victory in an incendiary third play that is remembered as one of the greatest sporting moments in history.

Its sale follows on from the $657,250 paid for captain Mike Eruzione's jersey last year, which set a new record for an Olympic uniform at auction.

Heritage commented prior to the sale: "The appearance of a third Miracle jersey in a two-year period must not mislead any collector into believing that another will surface any time soon, as all available examples could still be counted on a single hand.

"It is a piece that matches the intrigue and importance of any artefact on display in the Hall of Fame or the Smithsonian Museum, and a reminder that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible."

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