$ 615,000 for shoes worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan
The sale of sports shoes worn by American basketball legend Michael Jordan for 615 thousand US dollars, breaking a record for another shoe for the same player months ago, according to what the "Christie's" auction house announced yesterday. The shoe bears the name "Air Jordan 1 Hayes" and the American star wore it in an exhibition match in Italy when he smashed a ball that shattered the glass back of the basket.
"This is an original shoe with an actual piece of back panel, a piece of glass in the sole of the shoe," said Caitlin Donovan, Christie's handbag and sneaker sales manager, who organized the auction with Stadium Gods. Jordan scored 30 points in that match wearing the 13.5-inch red, black and white Chicago Bulls' boots.
The Air Jordan 1 shoe, designed by Nike in 1985, and signed by the Ikago Bulls star, became the most expensive in history last May, after it was auctioned off at Sotheby's at a value of $ 560,000.
The Air Jordan 1 shoe is the first model designed by Nike specifically for Jordan, and he wore it in his first season in the league, when he began his professional career with the Chicago Bulls in 1984, and won the league title on six occasions between 1991 and 1998.
This reflects the tremendous success of the documentary series "The Last Dance" ("The Last Dance"), which shed light on Jordan's career and successes with the Bulls, boosting his souvenir sales and trading some of them by tens of thousands of dollars.
Air Jordan shoes, with their various designs, have gained wide popularity with collectors over the past decades, as have the T-shirts and photo tickets of the player, who is widely considered the greatest player of the game throughout history.