A pair of old basketball shoes by Michael Jordan were auctioned for the record sum of the equivalent of 1.26 million euros. As much as that $ 1.472 million at a Sotheby’s auction has never been paid for shoes worn by a sports star.
Jordan played in the fifth game of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984 in the white leather kicks with the red Nike “Swoosh”. The price that was paid for them in Las Vegas clearly exceeds the previous record: In August 2020, almost 530,000 euros were paid for another pair of Jordan basketball shoes.
The now auctioned record boots (“Nike Air Ships”) were signed by Jordan and a gift to Tommie Tim III Lewis, a ball boy of the Denver Nuggets in the 1984/85 season. It is questionable whether the record will last for a long time: the trade in sports memorabilia is booming.