Former US president Barack Obama's basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Barack Obama (L), The other photo shows Punahou High School student Barack Obama (C) attempting a lay up at a basketball game during his senior year as part of the 1979 Hawaii State Champion boys' varsity basketball team. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP New York, United States Aug 20, 2019, 12.32 PM (IST)

A basketball jersey once owned by former US president Barack Obama sold Monday for $120,000, according to the Dallas auction house that sold it.

The number 23 jersey belonged to 18-year-old Obama while he was a senior at Punahou high school in Hawaii, where he lived at the time, according to Heritage Auctions.

The jersey was valued at $100,000 before it was sold.

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Obama is a known basketball fan and was often seen playing during his tenure at the White House, with presidential staffers, celebrities or other guests.