Christie’s to auction rare Michael Jordan sneakers online


Christie’s is hosting an online auction of 11 lots of rare Michael Jordan sneakers.

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Christie’s will offer a collection of rare sneakers worn by or made exclusively for basketball legend Michael Jordan in an online auction only starting July 30.

The items for auction are from Stadium Goods, a New York retailer of rare and limited-edition sneakers, and some major collectors who have not been identified.

The sale, titled “Original Air: A Sale of Michael Jordan Game-Worn and Player Exclusive Sneaker Rarities,” will feature a pair of pre-Jordanian-branded Nike Air Ship Jordans worn during his rookie season, with an estimate of between 350,000. and $ 550,000.

This online auction follows a record $ 560,000 sale of Nike Air Jordan 1S sneakers at Sotheby’s on May 17, coinciding with the last episode of ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance,” which highlights the legacy of the Chicago Bulls and Jordan.

The same pair of sneakers Jordan wore in his last game with the Bulls in 1998.

“Michael Jordan and his Air Jordan brand have set the tone in the sneaker collection business,” explains Caitlin Donovan, Head of Handbags and Accessories Sales at Christie’s. “This sale, ‘Original Air’, showcases some of the rarest and most desirable pieces worn by Jordan during his career with the Chicago Bulls.”

“The pieces we have put together for this auction are truly unique and will have a profound resonance for Jordan fans, sneaker connoisseurs and pop culture collectors,” said John McPheters, co-founder and CEO of Stadium. Goods, in a statement. .

Pieces up for auction include the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic” worn by Jordan in the Dream Team’s gold medal game in 1992, which is expected to sell for between $ 50,000 and $ 70,000. Additionally, a pair of classic Jordan 14s worn in training for his last Bulls game in 1998 is estimated to be worth between $ 6,000 and $ 8,000.

The remaining lots will be released in the coming weeks, Donovan said. A portion of the proceeds from one of the top lots of the sale, which is not yet disclosed, is allocated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In early June, Jordan pledged a record donation of $ 100 million over 10 years to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice.

The sneakers will preview online on July 23. The auction will be held from July 30 to August 13.


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