Former Bears coach Mike Ditka's sweater vest from Super Bowl XX is for sale

Mike Ditka
Bears coach Mike Ditka looks on during Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986 in New Orleans. Photo credit Focus on Sport/Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — You can own the most famous sweater in Chicago history, but it’ll cost you.

Heritage Auctions is now selling the sweater that former Bears coach Mike Ditka wore during the team's win in Super Bowl XX in January 1986.

It's a picture that graces many a tavern, restaurant and rec room in the Chicago area -- Ditka on the sideline during games, wearing aviator shades, a suit and a navy blue sweater with the word "BEARS" across the chest.

While many knockoffs are available online, authentic versions of the Cliff Engle sweater are a collector's item. This XXL sweater is in perfect condition, the auction house said, because it lay untouched in a dresser drawer in the decades after Ditka was carried off the field after the Bears won their first and only Super Bowl.

"The sweater vest is iconic and legendary, just like the man himself," Ditka's son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Stacy Ditka, said in a statement. "Polished, colorful and bold, it represents a moment in time that is so meaningful not only to our family and Bears fans but to so many people who were caught up in the spirit of this team. We hope whoever takes home this win will continue to enjoy that great energy.”

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