Slam Dunk! A pair of ‘Space Jam’ Nike designed for Michael Jordan himself sold at Sotheby’s for $ 176,400

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Is it the shoes? A unique pair of Air Jordan sneakers created for Michael Jordan in honor of his lead role in the shot Looney toons characteristic Space jam just sold for $ 176,400 at Sotheby’s against an estimate of $ 150,000 to $ 200,000.

Produced in 1995, the size 13 Nike is signed by Jordan on the left shoe. The auction house billed the sneakers as “dead stock,” underscoring their unworn status. The shoes are a specially designed “player sample” for Jordan, who wore this style to the 1996 NBA playoffs, where the Chicago Bulls won the championship.

Nike designer Tinker Hatfield designed the shoes to prevent Jordan from rolling his ankle when he changes direction on the court. They were never produced for retail sale in these colors.

Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” sneakers from Michael Jordan. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.

“This pair is truly a holy grail for many sneaker collectors around the world,” Brahm Wachter, streetwear and modern collectibles manager at Sotheby’s, said in a statement. “This pair has been maintained in absolutely perfect condition to this day.”

The sale was announced ahead of the release earlier this month of Space Jam: a new legacy, with NBA star LeBron James. The film received extremely negative reviews, but enjoyed an opening weekend of $ 31.1 million at the box office. (The original film grossed over $ 230 million when it hit theaters 25 years ago.)

“This pair has been one of my most treasured possessions for years now, and with the release of the new film, it was a good time for another collector and ‘Space Jam’ fanatic to take advantage of this incredible pair.” , the seller, Andre Ljustina, said in a statement. “I hope a new collector can enjoy it as much as I do.”

Michael Jordan's Converse sneakers from the 1984 Olympic Trials. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's.

Michael Jordan’s Converse sneakers from the 1984 Olympic Trials. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.

“MJ’s Secret Tricks: The Space Jam” Jordans, ”as the shoes are called, are named after the drink Jordan and Bugs Bunny give their spirited teammates to boost their confidence and win against their alien rivals, the Monstars. (On the line was intergalactic slavery.)

Another pair of Jordan sneakers is currently on sale at Sotheby’s Olympics-themed sale, “The Games,” open for online auction until August 2. Converse Fastbreaks that young Jordan wore in the 1984 Olympic Trials, ahead of his rookie NBA season, is expected to gross $ 75,000.

The most expensive sneakers ever to be auctioned are a pair of red Air Jordan 1s (yes, MJ wore them) that sold for $ 615,000 at Christie’s last year.

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