In the 1998 NBA Final, basketball superstar Michael Jordan’s worn shoes became the most expensive used (sports) shoes ever sold.
According to an auction house report, a pair of shoes from basketball player Michael Jordan was sold for $ 2.2 billion in New York. It thus became the most expensive used sports shoes in history.
The pair of shoes broke the record of a pair of record-winning Air Jordans sold for $1.5 million in 2021.
Abraham Watcher, the owner of the famous auction house Sotheby, says that breaking Michael Jordan‘s shoe record proves that the demand for Air Jordan’s shoes in the world of sports is more than expected. According to auction organizers, Jordan gave his signed shoes to a ballboy at the end of the match. The shoes also bear Michael Jordan’s signature and the bidding company Sotheby’s believed that its sale would fetch between two and four million dollars.
Why are shoes so special?
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan wore the pair during the second half of the 1998 National Championship final, his sixth and final National Championship title. According to reports, the famous company Nike still pays millions of royalties from the sale of its Air Jordan series shoes to the retired basketball star.
It should be noted that this pair of shoes is not the first thing owned by Michael Jordan that has been so highly bid. Earlier in 2022, one of his jerseys, which he wore in the 1998 NBA Finals, sold for $10.1 million. The latest bid has made Michael Jordan the most important in terms of sports memorabilia bid.
Earlier, another pair of Michael Jordan shoes sold for about $ 1.5 million in 2021. Sotheby’s Auction House has said that this pair of shoes, which has now become the world’s most expensive pair.
It should be remembered that he first wore the Air Jordan shoe, known as Michael Jordan, in 1984 and the next year this shoe became available to the general consumer. So far, more than 30 models of Air Jordan shoes have been developed. Michael Jordan considered one of the world’s greatest athletes, has won the NBA Finals Championship six times, Olympic gold medals twice, and many other awards.
Michael Jordan’s jersey auctioned for a record $10.1 million
Earlier, Michael Jordan’s jersey worn in the opening match of the 1998 NBA Finals was also auctioned for a record $ 10.1 million (about $ 10 million). It is the most expensive monument sold by any player in the history of sports. According to the auction house, Jordan’s jersey had a total of 20 bids.
The auction of Michael Jordan’s jersey also broke the record for football star Diego Maradona’s $9.28 million jersey, which he wore at the 1986 World Cup.
The auction of the record price of the shoes and jersey once again sealed that Michael Jordan is undoubtedly the most popular player in the world of sports and his nearly 25-year-old legacy is equally popular and important today.