WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Pieces of Michael Jordan’s history as a student-athlete are up for auction.
Goldin Auctions is offering up Jordan’s diploma from UNC, as well as recruiting letters written by legendary Tar Heel coach Dean Smith and assistant Bill Gutheridge, who later succeeded Smith as head coach.
The documents were given to a Chapel Hill restaurant called “Michael Jordan’s 23” in 1999, where they were displayed until the business closed in 2003. ESPN.com reports the items wound up in a storage locker, which was later sold after the bill wasn’t paid.
The diploma, with an opening bid of $7,500, is for Jordan’s Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural geography. He finished his coursework in 1986 two years after leaving school for the NBA.
Bidding starts at $5,000 for the recruiting letter from Smith. The typed letter on University of North Carolina letterhead, which includes a hand-written note from Smith, was sent in August 1980 after a visit to the Jordan family’s home on Gordon Rd. in Wilmington.
A few months earlier, Gutheridge sent a letter to the then high school junior via the coaching staff at Laney High School. Bids for the Gutheridge letter, which congratulates Jordan for a Laney win over Hoggard that the coach had watched, start at $2,500.
The online auctions run for the next four weeks.