Air Jordan sneakers worn by the game sell for a record $ 560,000

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American basketball player Michael Jordan (2nd right) displays a sign of victory as he stands with teammates Larry Bird (left), Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler (right), nicknamed the Dream Team after winning the Olympic gold in Barcelona, ​​Spain on August 8, 1992. Ray Stubblebine, Reuters / File

A pair of Air Jordan sneakers worn at a game by Michael Jordan sold on Sunday for $ 560,000 (around 28 million pesos) at the 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 reigning “Moon Shoe”, one of Nike’s first sneakers, a pair of which was released. sold in July 2019 for $ 437,000, also at Sotheby’s.

The latest sale 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 of his Chicago Bulls.

It also confirms that the modest sneaker now has a place of pride in the world of wealthy collectors alongside more traditional collectibles.

A pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s, designed and worn by American basketball player Michael Jordan, can be seen in an undated photo ahead of an online auction by Sotheby’s New York. Sotheby’s / Reuters

The Air Jordan 1 pair in the “Chicago” color scheme, the most iconic model of its generation, far exceeded Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of $ 100,000 to $ 150,000.

The Air Jordan 1 is the first model specially created by Nike for Michael Jordan, who wore them during his first season in the NBA.

“I think the Air Jordan 1s worn in-game are the most iconic sneakers of all time,” seller collector Jordan Geller told AFP at the start of the sale.

“They are 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.

Prior to Sunday’s sale, the record for athletic footwear worn by an athlete was held by the leather-soled running shoes in which Briton 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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