During his basketball career, Michael Jordan was famous for being a great pilot, apparently able to take flight on the pitch. Now his basketball shoes are doing the same at auction.
A pair of autographed and ultra-rare Air Jordan basketball shoes specially designed for Jordan to commemorate his role in the popular mid-90s film Space jam, hit new highs, selling for $ 176,400 recently at Sotheby’s.
The Nike size 13, one of a kind, are signed by Jordan. The shoes are considered “dead stock” which means they have never been worn. The shoes are a specially designed “player sample” for Jordan, who wore the style to the 1996 NBA playoffs, leading the Chicago Bulls to the championship.
“This pair is truly a holy grail for many sneaker collectors around the world,” Brahm Wachter, streetwear and modern collectibles manager at Sotheby’s, said in a statement. “This pair has been maintained in absolutely perfect condition to this day.”
Released in 1996, Space jam, part animation, part live action, has become an enduring sports comedy with Jordan and a host of Warner Bros. cartoon stars. including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, the Tazmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Livorno. Other professional basketball players such as Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, and Charles Barkley have prominent cameos. Bill Murray is there too. The film grossed over $ 250 million upon its release and remains a nostalgic and cultural phenomenon.
“This pair has been one of my most treasured possessions for years now, and with the release of the new film, it was a good time for another collector and ‘Space Jam’ fanatic to take advantage of this incredible pair.” , the seller, Andre Ljustina, said in a statement. “I hope a new collector can enjoy it as much as I do.”
The most expensive sneakers to ever auction are a pair of red Air Jordan 1s worn by Jordan that sold for $ 615,000 at Christie’s last year.
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