A pair of Michael Jordan sneakers on Thursday broke a record set just months ago by the sale of another pair of the basketball legend’s shoes as auction house Christie’s confirmed that the sneakers worn by the game had been sold for a whopping $615,000.
The Air Jordan 1 Highs, worn by the NBA superstar during an exhibition game in Italy in 1985, helped Jordan dunk the ball so hard he ended up shattering the glass backboard.
“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, who organized the auction with Stadium Goods.
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Jordan ended up with 30 points to his credit while wearing size 13.5, red and black shoes in Chicago Bulls team colors.
Previously, Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1 set a record in May when it sold at auction for a staggering $560,000, while the new auction fetched between $650,000 and $850,000.
The record sales underscore the skyrocketing market value of items linked to the retired basketball megastar since the release of ‘The Last Dance’ documentary which chronicles the saga of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
It also confirms that the humble sneaker now has a firm place in the world of wealthy collectors alongside more traditional collectibles.