|Paul Henderson holds the jersey he wore when he scored the winning goal during the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union on June 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)
Hockey legend Paul Henderson's 1972 jersey is now the most expensive piece of Canadian hockey memorabilia after fetching more than $1 million US in an auction bidding war.
Mitchell Goldhar, owner of real estate development company SmartCentres, entered the winning bid of $1,067,538, Marc Juteau, president of Classic Auctions, told QMI Agency Wednesday.
With all the auction fees included, the final price will be $1,275,707, Juteau said.
The final price is the most money ever paid in an auction for a piece of Canadian hockey memorabilia. The previous record was set earlier this year when a Bobby Orr jersey fetched $191,200.
Forty-two bidders entered the auction for the red and white jersey Henderson wore when he scored the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union.
Goldhar said he intends to send the jersey on a national community and museum tour.
"I am pleased and proud to bring this important piece of Canadian history home," Goldhar said in a release. "As a lifelong hockey fan, I know what Paul Henderson's winning goal against the Russians in 1972 means to all Canadians."
Juteau said the Quebec-based auction house was impressed with the final bid on the No. 19 jersey. Officials at Classic Auctions thought the historic garment would net a price somewhere between $300,000-$500,000, he said.
Henderson gave the jersey to Team Canada trainer Joe Sgro after the series.
It eventually made it into the hands of an American owner, who anonymously put it up for auction.
Bidders included Molson, Canadian Tire, the Forzani Group Ltd., and B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison.
Heritage Minister James Moore had also offered up federal financial support if a Canadian institution, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame or Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, wanted to enter the auction with the intention of bringing the jersey back to Canada.
Henderson has said he would like to see the jersey go to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.
Classic Auctions will be in touch with Goldhar Wednesday to make final arrangements for the transfer of the jersey, Juteau said.