Basketball legend Michael Jordan sneakers are regularly enjoying great popularity on the auction market. A pair of Nike Air Ships from 1984 came under the hammer at an auction last Sunday. A collector was willing to pay just under $ 1.5 million for the signed sneakers.
$ 1.5 million for sneakers – but not a world record
The auction house Sotheby’s dubbed the shoes on Twitter as “the most valuable sneakers that have ever been offered at auction”. The final retail price was $ 1,472,000.
The pair of sneakers came from Michael Jordan’s first NBA season with the Chicago Bulls, according to Sotheby’s. He is said to have worn the shoes in the fifth game of the season. A ball boy from the Denver Nuggets at the time ensured that the model was preserved in “excellent condition”. He originally got the shoes as a gift.
In August 2020, a Nike Air Jordan 1 – also worn by Michael Jordan – was auctioned for $ 615,000. Another pair of Jordans went away for $ 560,000 in May 2020. But it can be much more expensive: $ 1.8 million was spent this year on a prototype of a Nike Air Yeezy 1 in a private sale. The highest price ever for sneakers.