Air Jordan sneakers worn by the game sell for record price

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The signed Air Jordan 1 dethrones the Nike Moon Shoe, a pair of which sold for over $ 400,000 in 2019

NEW YORK, USA – A pair of Air Jordan sneakers worn at a game by Michael Jordan sold for $ 560,000 at the Sotheby’s auction house on Sunday, May 17, an all-time high for basketball shoes -ball.

The white, black and red shoes made for Jordan in 1985 and autographed by the NBA legend himself dethroned the “Moon Shoe”, one of Nike’s first sneakers, a pair of which 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 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.

The “Chicago” -colored Air Jordan 1, the most iconic model of its generation, has 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. (READ: What shoes did Jordan wear in his most iconic NBA moments?)

“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’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.

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 4 minutes in 1954.

They were purchased for $ 409,000 by an anonymous collector in 2015 at an auction at Christie’s in London. – Rappler.com


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