A pair of sneakers worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan sold for $615,000 at Christie’s auction house, shattering the previous record set in May. The sneakers up for auction were Air Jordan 1 Highs, which the NBA star used during an exhibition game in Italy in 1985. He then dunked the ball so hard it shattered the glass backing .
“This is the original shoe with an actual piece of back panel, a piece of glass, in the sole of the shoe,” said Caitlin Donovan, handbag and sneaker sales manager at Christie’s, quoted in an AFP report.
Jordan had scored a total of 30 points while wearing size 13.5 shoes, which are in the red and black colors of his Chicago Bulls team.
The sale also broke the record set in May, when a pair of Air Jordan 1s sold for $560,000, when they failed to exceed the estimated price column set between $650,000 and $850,000. .
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The amount of money raised at both auctions resembles the skyrocketing market value of items identified with the retired basketball superstar. Demand also increased after the release of “The Last Dance,” a Netflix documentary that chronicles the saga of Jordan and his Chicago Bulls.