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A pair of shoe owned by Michael Jordan, an American former professional basketball player from 1985 has been sold for a whopping sum of $560,000 on Sunday, 17th May 2020. This is three times more than the estimated auction price.
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Before the auction finally closed at $560,000, en bidders from across the globe competed for the basketball legend’s autographed Nike shoe. This, however, has broken the world auction record for sneakers, according to auction house Sotheby’s.
Auction house Sotheby’s gave a remark;
“Following a bidding war which drove the value up by US $300,000 within the final twenty minutes of the sale, the pair achieved more than 3.5x their $150,000 high estimate,”
The bidders came from six countries across four continents, and the sale breaks the world auction record for a pair of sneakers, set last year by the Nike “Moon Shoe” for $437,500.
The record-breaking Nike Air Jordan 1s shoes were exclusively made for Michael Jordan, and designed with laces.
Sotheby’s further noted;
“Produced between February to April 1985, Jordan wore the present pair of Air Jordan 1s during an early, pivotal point of his career and thus catapulted the sneaker’s popularity,”
“Wearing mismatched shoes most of his career, the pair is in a size 13 (left shoe) and a 13.5 (right shoe).”
“Jordan wore Air Jordan 1s until October 29, 1985, when he broke his foot and subsequently took off 64 games during his second season while healing,” Sotheby’s said.
“He wore modified versions of the Air Jordan 1 upon his return to the game.”
See picture of Michael Jordan”s signed pair of shoe below;