(France Media Agency)
New York, United States â
Fri 14 Aug 2020
A pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan have sold for $ 615,000, auction house Christie’s announced Thursday, breaking a record set just a few months ago with the sale of another pair of shoes from the basketball legend.
The sneakers were a pair of Air Jordan 1 Highs the NBA megastar wore during a 1985 exhibition game in Italy when he dunked the ball so hard it shattered the glass panel.
âThis is the original shoe with a real piece of the back panel, a piece of glass, in the sole of the shoe,â said Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s, who has organized the auction with Stadium Goods.
Jordan accumulated 30 points while wearing shoe size 13.5, in the red and black colors of his Chicago Bulls team.
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Although the sale broke the record set in May when a pair of Air Jordan 1s sold for $ 560,000, the new auction landed below the estimated range of $ 650,000 and $ 850,000. .
Record-breaking sales highlight the rising 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.