Michael Jordan’s shoes sell for nearly $ 1.5 million, auction record
New York: A pair of sneakers worn by NBA superstar Michael Jordan early in his career sold for nearly $ 1.5 million (Dh 5.5 million) on Sunday, setting a record price at auction for shoes worn by the game, Sotheby’s said.
The red and white shoes were worn by the iconic player in Game 5 of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, and Nike’s Jordan-affiliated brand quickly became a sensation on and off the field.
“The most valuable sneakers ever offered at auction – the Nike Air Ships worn by Michael Jordan in the 1984 regular season – just sold for $ 1,472,000 in our luxury sale in Las Vegas,” the auction house said. auction in a statement on Twitter.
The astronomical price easily broke the record held by a pair of Nike Air Jordans that sold for $ 615,000 in August 2020 at a Christie’s auction.
A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1 worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $ 1.8 million in April, triple the previous sneaker record, despite being a private sale.
The market for rare sports shoes is booming. The all-time sneaker price has been broken several times recently, as what was considered a niche market ten years ago is now attracting interest from the general public as well as top collectors.
The signature shoes that went under the hammer on Sunday predate the first Air Jordans, the now classic line of sneakers that quickly went from popular basketball gear to streetwear sought after around the world.
The Air Ships that served as the genesis of the Air Jordans were designed by Peter Moore. Jordan wore the Air Ships model in 1984 and 1985, as well as modified versions in 1986.