Michael Jordan's game-worn autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s from 1985 sold at a Sotheby's auction on Sunday for $615.000. The sale broke the world record for the highest price of any pair of sneakers sold at auction, which was previously set with the purchase of rare the Nike Waffle Racing Flat "Moon Shoe" for $437,500 at another Sotheby's auction in July.
The sneakers feature the iconic red, black, and white "Chicago" colorway, which is one of the more popular color-silhouette combinations of the Air Jordan line. The sneakers feature a fair amount of visible wear with the athlete's signature etched in black marker on the side of the right shoe, which is a size 13.5. The left shoe is a size 13—Jordan wore slightly different sized shoes.
After a signed Chicago Bulls basketball jersey is expecting to reach 500.000 dollars, a pair of Nike Air snickers the star used for an exhibition match were auctioned for 615.000! They reached this prize because on a dunk, he shattered the backboard. Read more below!
- The former NBA star has gained world-wide attention after Netflix documentary "The Last Dance".
- Several memorabilia items appeared on the market and the prices skyrocketed.
- Christie’s New York was in charge of the auctioning.
Trieste, Italy, 1985. The whole city is expecting one of the greatest exhibition sport performance they've hosted in over a decade. Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bull’s star is in town. During the match, he jumped and made two points by dunking the ball and breaking the board.
The English auctioning house even conserved a piece of glass in the sole of the shoe as an authenticity proof. The athleticism jump was so incredible and famous that Nike designed the Jordan’s logo like the shadow of him jumping.
The purchase broke the world record for the highest price for any pair of sneakers sold at auction
The auction broke the former record for Jordan sneakers, sold the 17th of May 2020 in Sotheby’s for $560.000. An amount of the price will be donated for the NAACP(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) defense legal fund.
The sneakers fetched more than three times the anticipated value in an online bidding war that included people across four continents.