Sneakers might not be your usual item that comes to mind when you think about auctions and fetching high prices but when it’s a pair worn by a basketball legend, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will sell. A pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn sneakers that was up for auction sold for US$615,000, Christie’s auction house announced, shattering a record set just months ago by the sale of another pair of the basketball legend’s shoes.
The sneakers in question were a pair of Air Jordan 1 Highs that the NBA megastar wore during a 1985 exhibition match in Italy when he dunked the ball so hard it shattered the glass backboard. Jordan racked up 30 points while wearing the size 13.5 shoes, which are in the red and black colors of his Chicago Bulls team.
“This is the original shoe with an actual piece of the backboard, a piece of glass, in the sole of the shoe,” said Caitlin Donovan, head of handbag and sneaker sales at Christie’s, which organized the auction with Stadium Goods.
Though the sale broke the record set in May when a pair of Air Jordan 1’s sold for US$560,000, the new auction landed below the estimated range of US$650,000 and US$850,000.
The record setting sales highlight the soaring market value of objects 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 lowly sneaker now has a place of pride in the world of wealthy collectors alongside more traditional collectibles.
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Coming in June, The Last Dance is a 10-part documentary that chronicles the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names, including Jordan himself, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Pat Riley, Charles Barkley, Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton, Adam Silver, Bob Costas, Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, and more. The Last Dance will debut in June 2020 on ABC and ESPN.
Source: AFP Relax News