How much? Jordan’s old sneakers rake in EIGHT-figure sum to shatter global auction record
A set of six individual Air Jordan sneakers worn by Michael Jordan during NBA finals have sold for $US8 million ($A12 million) at an auction in New York, setting a new global auction record for game-worn basketball shoes.
The shoes, worn by one of basketball’s greatest players in the clinching games of his six career NBA Finals championships, became the second-highest price achieved for any Jordan sports memorabilia.
“Today’s record-breaking price is a testament to the GOAT (greatest of all time),” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Modern Collectables, after Friday’s sale.
“A truly unparalleled moment and milestone in auction history, the sale of these six championship-clinching sneakers will likely never be replicated.”
Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals opening game jersey from the famed “Last Dance” season still holds the world record for any game-worn sports memorabilia, having fetched $US10.1 million ($A15.4 million) in September 2022.
In December six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina’s triumphant run at the 2022 World Cup were sold for $US7.8 million ($A11.9 million).