Michael Jordan sneakers sell for $ 615,000, new record

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Michael Jordan sneakers sell for $ 615,000, new record

August 14, 2020 – 8:01 PM

In this file photo taken on July 24, 2020, Caitlin Donovan Christie’s head of sales, handbags and accessories holds the origin story Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard,” Game-Worn Signed Sneaker Nike , 1985 Size 13.5 High-Top on display during press preview at Christie’s New York. These are the most expensive sneakers ever to be auctioned: A pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s, worn by basketball superstar Michael Jordan, sold for $ 615,000, auction house Christie’s New York reported on August 13. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

New York: 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 by selling another pair of shoes. basketball legend shoes.

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.

“This is the original shoe with a real piece of the back panel, a piece of glass, in the sole of the shoe,” said Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s, who has organized the auction with Stadium Goods.

Jordan racked up 30 points wearing size 13.5 shoes, which are in the red and black colors of his Chicago Bulls team.

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. .

The record 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.

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