The world of high-end collectibles is booming and famous sneakers can fetch a lot of money. We’ve seen Kanye’s Grammy Awards sneakers go for nearly $2 million, but now Michael Jordan is right up there with Ye.
Michael Jordan’s Nike Air Ships from his rookie season recently sold at auction for $1.47 million. This sale was done through Sotherby’s, a premium auction house.
We’re talking about MJ’s earliest-known shoe, and that certainly raised the value. It’s possibly Jordan’s earliest known pair of regular season sneakers as well, so those sneakers didn’t make it to the playoffs.
The shoes obviously have some wear on them, but they have been kept in amazing condition for shoes from 1984. Many things from that year have not aged well.
This is also the shoe that Jordan was fined for wearing, because he was wearing them in a non-compliant black and red colorway.
Tommie Tim III Lewis, a former Denver Nuggets ballboy, actually had these sneaker for years. Now they are fetching far more money than they would have if they stayed in his closet. The identity of the buyer was not revealed.
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