Jordan Paid 1.11 Million For A Basketball Shoe With Love

An August 2010 auction brought $615,000 for a pair of Nike Air Jordans Trainers.

Michael Jordan wore these trainers early in his basketball career, setting a record for game-worn footwear. An American collector paid about $1.4 million for the Nike Air Ship PE at auction.

Nike’s Jordan-affiliated brand had only just begun to flourish as a sensation both on and off the court when the player wore the white leather shoes with red Nike swoosh and soles around the fifth game of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls.

An established collector, Nick Fiorella, bought the painting. Between 1 million and 1.5 million US dollars were expected to be sold for the basketball shoes.

An auction house in August 2020 sold a pair of Nike Air Jordans for $615,000, easily breaking the record set by this pair.

A pair of Nike Air Yeezy 1s worn by rapper Kanye West sold for $1.8 million in April, triple the previous record for trainers – although that was a private sale.

Kanye West wore a pair of these Nike Air Yeezy sneakers in April 2021 for $1.8m.

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“As an athlete’s signature line, Michael Jordan helped redefine the concept. In the genesis of that story, these sneakers play a key role,” In the words of Brahm Wachter, Shead of modern collectables and streetwear at Sotheby’s. “Nike Air Ship remains a special place in sneakerhead’s hearts as the precursor to the Air Jordan 1 and so with provenance from Michael’s fifth NBA game, this shoe touches two worlds.”


Jordan’s BasketBall Shoes Signed

Sotheby’s noted Jordan’s signed lace-ups in size-13 were in good overall condition, showing signs of wear and tear sustained on courts. As a ball boy for the Denver Nuggets during the 1984-1985 season, Tommie Tim III Lewis was given the gift by the player.

Sports shoes are a booming market. Several records have been broken recently for trainers as  A decade ago, the industry was considered niche. Today it is attracting the attention of both the general public and leading collectors.

A documentary on Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance, released on ESPN/Netflix in 2015, has skyrocketed the value of objects associated with the retired basketball superstar.

Air Jordan trainers predate the auction on Sunday, a line that merged basketball gear with streetwear to create a classic.

It was the first pair of trainers Jordan wore during his time as a professional basketball player, and it was designed by Bruce Kilgore.

Having already established himself as a bankable star as a college basketball legend, Nike acquired Jordan’s trademark shoe and clothing brand.

That deal paved the way for future player-brand collaborations, the first of its kind for Nike.

When Nike received a letter from the NBA in 1984, informing them that Jordan had violated the league’s uniform clause when wearing his black and red Air Ships during a pre-season game that year, Jordan’s trainers became a focus of controversy.

In addition to the Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro x OVO “Gold” trainers, the auction sold a pair of Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro x OVO “Grey” Basketball shoes, designed by rapper Drake. This is a very rare pair of shoes since they were never released to the public.

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