One of Canada's prized pieces of sports memorabilia could sell for over $340,000 Canadian today through Classic Auctions. Bidders have just a few more hours to bid on the jersey worn by Paul Henderson when he scored what is referred to as "the goal"-- Team Canada's deciding goal of the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. The Toronto Star reports that the well-worn white and red No. 19 shirt received a bid of $309,224 from The Jim Pattison Group, a B.C.-based company who would take the sports artifact on a Canada-wide tour before donating it to the sports hall of fame in Calgary. Other Canadian brands including Molson and Canadian Tire tendered bids earlier in the auction. The current owner plans to doate some of the proceeds to charity. The hockey jersey has set a record for the highest price ever to be paid for a hockey item via auction beating out a Bobby Orr rookie jersey that sold for $191,200. It is believed that some Wayne Gretzky have sold privately for for around $250,000. For his part Henderson has said he'd like to see this one go to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
UPDATE: The Toronto Sun reports that the shirt went for a total of $1,275,707 including auction fees to Mitchell Goldhar, owner of real estate development company SmartCentres.