A rare pair of Nike sneakers worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan at the start of his illustrious career in 1984 sold for a record $ 1.47 million at an auction in Las Vegas, according to Sotheby’s.
The signed kicks are a pair of red / white Nike Air Ships, which Jordan donned in Game 5 of his NBA career while with the Chicago Bulls when they faced the Denver Nuggets. They were estimated to sell for around $ 1 million to $ 1.5 million.
Jordan initially gifted the shoes to Tommie Tim III Lewis, a former Nuggets ball collector.
“These white and red aerial ships are a remarkable artifact in the history of sports and basketball, and were maintained in excellent condition by the Denver Nuggets Ball Boy to whom they were originally gifted, Mr. Tommie Tim III Lewis” , says Sotheby’s.
Brahm Wahter, director of Sotheby’s, said Bloomberg size 13 shoes are “an incredible artifact that dates back to the start of Michael Jordan’s rookie season.”
The buyer of the shoes was card collector Nick Fiorella, Sotheby’s told the store.
Despite the high price tag, the sale was actually not the most expensive sneaker ever sold privately. Company Rares bought a pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1 sneakers from Kanye West for $ 1.8 million in April.
– Aron Yohannes