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Eruzione jersey sells for $657,250 at auction

Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic ice hockey team looks over the jersey and uniform he wore when the U.S. defeated the Soviet Union in what is known as the "Miracle on Ice" at Heritage Auctions in New York City, February 22, 2013. More than a generation after the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Eruzione is parting with the iconic No. 21 USA jersey, his hockey stick and much of his other Olympic memorabilia in an auction being held by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in New York on February 23, the day after the 33rd anniversary of the historic game. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ICE HOCKEY)
Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, looks at the jersey from the uniform he wore 33 years ago and that on Feb. 23 sold handsomely in an auction. (REUTERS)Credit: REUTERS

NEW YORK — The jersey worn by Mike Eruzione in the US “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was auctioned for almost $660,000 on Saturday, though the surprising values of other items such as the stick he used to score the winning goal and a jersey he wore in the gold medal game two days later pushed the overall sale to more than $1.3 million.

Spirited bidding drove the value of the hockey stick to $262,900, more than five times the $50,000 it was expected to go for. Gloves he wore throughout the Olympic tournament sold for $53,775, more than 10 times their pre-auction estimates. The blue jersey the team’s captain wore to win the gold against Finland fetched $286,800. Even his warm-up suit sold for $26,290, while his red pants went for $28,680.

As expected, the No. 21 white jersey worn during the epic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Soviets scored highest, rising to finish at $657,250 during several rounds of bidding. The outcome in Lake Placid, N.Y., was surprising because the US team was largely made up of amateurs playing against a Soviet team of professionals widely considered unbeatable. The 33d anniversary of the historic game was last Friday.

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Eruzione, 58, who attended the auction, sold the Olympic items to benefit his three adult children and a grandson, along with the Winthrop Foundation, which finances charities in his hometown of Winthrop, Mass.

Though he received no lucrative endorsements after the hockey victory, Eruzione said in a recent interview that he was not hurting financially.

‘‘I thought this would be a great little nest egg for them for their future with their kids,’’ he said.

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