Air Jordan sneakers set to fetch record auction price

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A pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s, made and worn by American basketball player Michael Jordan, are seen in an undated photo ahead of an online auction by Sotheby’s New York. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW YORK — Eleven pairs of Nike sneakers worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan are up for auction starting Thursday, including a pair that could break the record for an athletic shoe.

The highlight of the online sale is the Air Jordan 1 High that the NBA megastar wore during a 1985 exhibition game in Italy when he dunked the ball so hard it shattered the backboard. glass into thousands of pieces.

A piece of glass is still lodged in the sole of the left shoe.

“It was an iconic moment in sports history,” said Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s, which is organizing the auction with Stadium Goods.

The red, white and black sneakers, signed Jordan, sell for between $650,000 and $850,000.

If they match their lowest pre-sale estimate, they will shatter the all-time record price for an athletic shoe, set by Sotheby’s in May when it sold a pair of Air Jordan sneakers for $560,000.

Other pairs offered in the auction, which runs until August 13, are the Nike Air Ship set that Jordan wore at the start of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. They could fetch up to 550,000 $.

The Air Jordan 7 Olympics that Jordan wore during the gold medal game against Croatia at the 1992 Barcelona Games, won by the American “Dream Team”, are listed between $50,000 and $70,000.

A pair of cleats Jordan wore during his brief foray into Minor League Baseball in 1994 has a presale high estimate of $9,000.

Christie’s expects the sale to raise a total of $2 million, underscoring 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 and which sent the now 57-year-old to the final pages.

France Media Agency

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