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Fashion Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1 Highs Sell for US$615,000 to Set a New Record

Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1 Highs Sell for US$615,000 to Set a New Record

Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1 Highs Sell for US$615,000 to Set a New Record
(Image: Christie's)
By AFP
August 17, 2020
The Christie's sale broke the record set in May when a pair of Air Jordan 1's sold for US$560,000. NBA legend Michael Jordan wore these Air Jordan 1 Highs during a 1985 exhibition match in Italy

A pair of Michael Jordan's game-worn sneakers sold for US$615,000, Christie's auction house said last week, shattering a record set just months ago by the sale of another pair of the basketball legend's shoes.

The sneakers 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.

(Image: Timothy A. Clary/AFP)
(Image: Timothy A. Clary/AFP)

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"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 organised the auction with Stadium Goods.

Jordan racked up 30 points while wearing the size 13.5 shoes, which are in the red and black colours of his Chicago Bulls team.

Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls flies in for the dunk while Karl Malone (L) of the Utah Jazz watches 10 June during game four of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Jordan finished with 34 points as the Bulls beat the Jazz 86-82 to lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.        AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo by JEFF HAYNES / AFP)
(Image: Jeff Haynes/AFP)

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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 collectables.

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