Update: Henderson jersey sells for $1,067,538

Paul Henderson, star of Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, photographed with his history-making jersey this month.
Mike Cassesse, Reuters

Update: Read below for a news release issued by Goldhar’s company
this morning, outlining his plans for the sweater.

And you thought the Canadiens jersey was called the sacred flannel.

It would take the nouveau riche Tomas Plekanec almost 17 games, before taxes, to buy it. Which he didn’t. But Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series jersey broke every conceivable record for hockey memorabilia last night by selling at auction for $1,067,538 U.S. after frenzied late bidding pushed it up by more than a half-million dollars in the final hours.

The jersey’s new owner is Mitchell Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, a private real-estate development company based in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto. Read more on the sale here.

Goldhar must also pay Montreal-headquartered Classic Auctions a buyer’s premium of $208,169.91 – 19.5 per cent of the sale price – plus shipping. Shouldn’t be a problem: Goldhar, who brought Wal-Mart into Canada, ranked 50th on Canadian Business’ richest Canadians list in 2008 with a net worth of $1.06 billion.

Classic drew 42 bids in all in the month-long auction, and
typical of their sales, the most frantic action took place in
overtime, the winning bid made almost an hour after the scheduled 9 pm
ET close.

A 10-minute rule kept bidding going should someone new
have jumped into the game with less than 10 minutes to go, the auction
alive
until 10 minutes then passed without a new bid. It’s unclear how
involved Goldhar was in the bidding before he won the auction, or what his plans might be for the acquisition.

Classic
President Marc Juteau, in a 4 am email to me: “…amazing, we’re all
stunned in the office, the million-dollar jersey.” 

——

Goldhar’s news release:

Toronto (June
23, 2010) – Mitchell Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, today announced
that he
has purchased Paul Henderson’s 1972 Team Canada sweater from its
American owner
in a highly competitive auction held last evening.

“I am
pleased and proud to bring this important piece of Canadian history
home,”
Goldhar said. “As a lifelong hockey fan I know what Paul Henderson’s
winning
goal against the Russians in 1972 means to all Canadians.”

Goldhar
wants the sweater to reach all corners of Canada through a national
tour. He
plans to make arrangements for the sweater to be displayed at community
locations such as museums, including the Hockey Hall of Fame, to ensure
as many
Canadians as possible can share in this wonderful memory.

A Canadian
company, SmartCentres has more than 200 shopping centres in communities
big and
small, and operates in every province. SmartCentres is a major
contributor to
SickKids, Bloorview Kids Rehab, CAMH and the Canadian Museum for Human
Rights
and many other worthy causes across Canada.

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