Contemporary Conversations: Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ Shirt

Join us for an exciting conversation that will shed light on one of the most iconic moments of football history. Former England football player Glenn Hoddle, Director of the Design Museum Tim Marlow and Sotheby’s Head of Modern Collectibles Brahm Wachter will be discussing the 1986 World Cup match between England and Argentina, in which Diego Maradona scored the notorious ‘Hand of God’ goal. Following the match, England midfielder Steve Hodge – who had unintentionally flicked the ball to Maradona on the “ Hand of God” play – approached Maradona and swapped shirts with him to the dismay of his teammates. Hoddle will give his on-pitch perspective of the controversial goal and thoughts on Hodges’ efforts to acquire the shirt. Maradona’s iconic shirt will now be offered on the market for the first time and is a tangible reminder of that critical moment, making it arguably the most coveted football shirt to ever come to auction.

Meet the Panel

Glenn Hoddle, Former England Player & Manager

Glenn Hoddle is an English former football player and manager. He currently works as a television pundit and commentator for ITV Sport and BT Sport.

He played as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England and was able to win many personal and team awards through his career including the UEFA Cup and FA Cup with Tottenham and the Ligue 1 title with Monaco amongst many others.

Glenn has been manager of Swindon Town, earning promotion to the Premier League, Chelsea, taking them to the FA Cup final, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, reaching a League Cup finaland Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also had the privilege of managing England to the second round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

In 2007, he was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame, which cited him as one of the most gifted and creative English footballers of his generation, exhibiting "sublime balance and close control, unrivalled passing and vision and extraordinary shooting ability, both from open play and set pieces". He was also known for his tactical intelligence and work-rate.

Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum in London

Formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube, Marlow has been involved in the contemporary art world for the past thirty years as a curator, writer and broadcaster. He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time to deliver wide-ranging and popular programmes and brings a commitment to diverse and engaging exhibitions to his new role showcasing the transformational capability of design.

Marlow sits on the Board of Trustees for the Imperial War Museum, Art on the Underground Advisory Board, the Design Age Institute and Cultureshock Media. Marlow was awarded an OBE in 2019.

Brahm Wachter, Vice President, Head of Streetwear & Modern Collectibles

Brahm Wachter joined Sotheby’s in New York in 2019 as Director of eCommerce Development, and transferred to the Los Angeles office in December of 2020. Since joining the company he has developed landmark sales such as Fabrizio Moretti x Fabrizio Moretti | In Passing, an interactive exhibit designed by Fab Moretti of the indie rock band, The Strokes, curated by famed Old Master Paintings dealer Fabrizio Moretti, as well as The One | MJ’s Air Jordan 1s, a special single lot online only sale of Michael Jordan’s game worn and signed Air Jordan 1s from 1985, which broke the at-the-time world record for the most expensive sneaker. He additionally brokered Sotheby’s partnership with the International Rescue Committee for Sotheby’s MayDay | Covid-19 Charity Auction.

Mr. Wachter is additionally largely responsible for Sotheby’s expansion into the sneaker and sports memorabilia spaces, as well as various other initiatives that aim to develop new categories and audiences within the company.

Mr. Wachter is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business receiving a Masters of Business Administration with specializations in Strategy and Marketing, and was the winner of the school’s UPS GBA merit-based scholarship for academic achievements. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Brandeis University and majored in Business and History.

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