LOS ANGELES – A cocktail dress worn by Michelle Obama during her time at the White House and a basketball jersey worn by Barack Obama at high school are among rare items from the former U.S. president and his wife to join the celebrity auction circuit.
It is the first dress worn by Michelle Obama, who became a style icon during her eight years at the White House, ever to come to auction, Julien’s said.
Barack Obama’s game-worn basketball jersey from his days on the Punahou School team in Hawaii comes with the 1979 school yearbook, which includes photos of him playing.
The white mesh pullover has the name Punahou and the number 23 on the front and back. The jersey and yearbook have a pre-sale estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.
Frederick said he expected interest to come from “sports collectors, history collectors and those who want to feel part of the legacy of President Obama.”
The two items will be auctioned from Dec. 4-6. The Obama pieces will go on public exhibition at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, and at Julien’s in Beverly Hills ahead of the sale.