Sotheby’s said the sneaker collection worn by superstar Michael Jordan while winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls sold for $8 million at auction, setting a new record for game-worn sneakers.
Six Air Jordan shoes were sold on Friday, including one from the final games of the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 championship series. Sotheby’s called it the “Dynasty Collection.”
“The importance of this award, which serves as both a reminder of Michael Jordan’s enduring impact on the world and a tangible expression of his recognized legendary status, is further validated by this monumental result,” Brahm Wachter of Sotheby’s said in a statement. Wachter manages the auction house’s modern collections.
Sotheby’s did not identify the buyer and described the seller as a “private American collector” who bought them from a longtime Bulls executive.
According to Sotheby’s, Jordan first gave sneakers to the manager after the championship game in 1991 and continued the tradition thereafter. The auction featured photos of Jordan wearing the single shoe while celebrating wins in 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1998.
Jordan, a five-time league MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was a player so unique that then-NBA Commissioner David Stern described him in 1992 as “the standard by which basketball excellence is measured.” The NBA renamed Jordan’s MVP award in 2022.
He also collaborated with Nike to create Air Jordans in the mid-1980s, helping shake up the athletic shoe industry and strengthen sneaker culture.
The pair he wore in the second game of the 1998 NBA Finals sold for $2.2 million through Sotheby’s last April; This was a record for a pair of sneakers. The highest auction price for any Jordan memorabilia was $10.1 million for his jersey from the first game of the series, according to Sotheby’s, which sold the jersey in 2022.
Simply unused ticket The team that made Jordan’s debut with the Bulls in 1984 sold for $468,000 through Heritage Auctions in 2022; this was more than 55,000 times its face value.