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Feb 23, 2013 9:20 PM by Monica Gouty

"Miracle on Ice" jersey brings in big bucks at auction

NEW YORK (AP) - The jersey worn by hockey great Mike Eruzione in the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics has been auctioned in New York for almost $660,000.

Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions said the No. 21 jersey went for $657,250 on Saturday. The stick Eruzione used to score the winning goal sold for $262,900, more than five times its pre-sale estimate. The buyers' names were not immediately available.

Eruzione wore the jersey when he scored the win in the come-from-behind 4-3 victory. The outcome in Lake Placid, N.Y., was surprising because the U.S. team was largely made up of amateurs playing against a Soviet team of professionals widely considered unbeatable.

The 33rd anniversary of the historic game was Friday.

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