Air Jordan: Game-Worn Air Jordan Sneakers Sell For Record $560,000 | off the field

NEW YORK: A pair of Air Jordan sneakers worn in a game by Michael Jordan sold for $560,000 at Sotheby’s auction house, an all-time high for basketball shoes.
The white, black and red shoes, made for Jordan in 1985 and autographed by the NBA legend himself, dethroned the title ‘Moon Shoe’, one of Nike’s first sneakers, a pair of which went sold in July 2019 for $437,000, also at Sotheby’s.
The latest sale has highlighted the skyrocketing market value of items identified with the retired basketball superstar since the release of ‘The Last Dance,’ an ESPN/Netflix documentary that chronicles the saga of Jordan and his Chicago Bulls .
It also confirms that the humble sneaker now has a firm place in the world of wealthy collectors alongside more traditional collectibles.
The most iconic pair of its generation, the Air Jordan 1 in “Chicago” colors, easily surpassed Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of $100,000-150,000.
The Air Jordan 1 is the first model created by Nike specifically for Michael Jordan, who wore them during his first season in the NBA.
“I think the Air Jordan 1s worn by the game are the most iconic sneakers of all time,” the seller, collector Jordan Geller, said at the start of the sale.
“They’re so recognizable and they evoke so much nostalgia, which I think gives them a very special appeal. The fact that these shoes were worn by Michael Jordan takes them to a whole new level,” he said. declared.
Unlike the Air Jordan 1s, the ‘Moon Shoes’ sold last year had never been worn.
Before Sunday’s sale, the record for sports shoes worn by an athlete was held by the leather-soled running shoes in which Britain’s Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes, in 1954 .
They were purchased for $409,000 by an anonymous collector in 2015 at an auction at Christie’s in London.

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