Jonah Lomu's ripped shorts from 1996 Super 12 final listed onsite for $500,000

The shorts that were famously ripped off rugby legend Jonah Lomu during the 1996 Super 12 final were listed onsite for $500,000 in April. 

Natal Sharks first five-eighth Henry Honiball tore Lomu’s shorts during a tackle in the second half of the match. The Blues went on to win the deciding match, with Lomu scoring one of the six tries that led to a final score of 45-21.

24 years later, the autographed shorts were listed onsite for half a million dollars, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane and the Children's Starship Hospital in Auckland.

One hopeful punter bid $10,000.00, but this time around the shorts did not sell.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen an item go up for auction that once belonged to the rugby legend. Earlier this year, Jonah’s record-breaking 1997 Nissan Patrol SUV went up for sale onsite. The custom wagon is fitted with state-of-the-art speakers which can reach 163 decibels which Jonah used in his world record attempt back in 2000 for the loudest car. 


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