A pair of sneakers worn by NBA superstar Michael Jordan has sold for $2.2m, making them the most valuable sports footwear ever sold, auction house Sotheby’s said.
The auctioned shoes were a pair of the Air Jordan 13 sneakers that the basketball great wore during the 1998 NBA Finals, known as “The Last Dance”.
The online sale cements Jordan’s position as the most valuable ath
lete at auctions for sportswear memorabilia.
The previous record holder was a pair of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1s that the New York City auction house sold for $1.8m in April 2021.
Jordan wore his sneakers during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, where he scored 37 points in a matchup against the Utah Jazz. After the game, the superstar Chicago Bulls shooting guard reportedly signed and gave the kicks to a Jazz ball boy who worked in the visitors’ locker room.
“Today’s record-breaking result further proves that the demand for Michael Jordan sports memorabilia continues to outperform and transcend all expectations,” Sotheby’s chief of streetwear and modern collectables Brahm Wachter said on Tuesday.
The price, which includes fees and commission, came in just above Sotheby’s low pre-sale estimate of $2m but well below the predicted high of $4m.
The auction house said Jordan had autographed the shoes and given them to a ball boy after the game.
Sotheby’s did not identify the seller but said it was not the original recipient. Nor did it name the buyer of the size 13 shoe