The 1985 Jordan Shoe Just Broke the Record for Most Anyone’s Ever Paid for a Sneaker
With the hype of ESPN’s The Last Dance it seems that no one can get enough Michael Jordan. Arguably the greatest player to ever lace them, he broke many records while he was a player now he’s breaking records in auction houses. A pair of Michael Jordan autographed game-worn kicks from 1985 sold for a whopping $560,000. This amount was three times the estimated auction price, breaking a world record for sneakers.
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Slam Dunk! Michael Jordan’s #GameWorn, #Autographed Nike Air Jordan 1s sold in an online auction today for $560,000, setting a new world auction record for any pair of #sneakers – surpassing the previous auction record of $437,500 set at Sotheby’s in July 2019 by the Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe’. One of the most important basketball sneakers of all time made exclusively for the legendary NBA #ChicagoBulls player in 1985, the pair was sold to coincide with the final episode of the popular ESPN documentary ‘The Last Dance’, which spotlights the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. 🏀 #SothebysAirJordans #MichaelJordan #TheLastDance #Nike #AirJordan #Jumpman
The J’s were auctioned off by Sotheby’s with 10 bidders from around the world competing for the prized memorabilia. The Nike Air Jordan 1’s were highly sought after and it didn’t long before the bidding war escalated, driving the value up by $300,000 within the last twenty minutes. Sotheby’s stated that the bidders spanned six countries across four continents, thus showing Jordan’s global impact. The sneakers were previously purchased on eBay back in 2012.
The Nike Air Jordan 1’s were made exclusively for Jordan, and featured red laces instead of black and white.”Produced between February to April 1985, Jordan wore the present pair of Air Jordan 1s during an early, pivotal point of his career and thus catapulted the sneaker’s popularity,” Sotheby’s said. “Wearing mismatched shoes most of his career, the pair is in a size 13 (left shoe) and a 13.5 (right shoe).” The right shoe features Jordan’s signature in permanent marker.