A Signed Pair of Game-Worn Air Jordan 1’s Sold For a Record-Busting $560,000

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It looks like all the hype surrounding ESPN’s hit Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls docuseries The Last Dance may have helped power a slam dunk sale of MJ’s game-worn Air Jordan 1’s.

On May 17, the same night ESPN aired the final two episodes of the 10-part series that captured the imaginations of quarantined sports fans everywhere, a signed pair of coveted AJ’s that Jordan wore during his 1984-85 rookie season sold for $560,000 by Sotheby’s auction house, becoming the most expensive sneaker sale ever recorded.

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CNBC reports that the iconic kicks went for more than three times the expected price, after a burst of bidding saw value surge by $300,000 in the final 20 minutes. The final price easily bested the previous record holder, a pair of 1972 Nike Waffle Racing “Flat Moon Shoes” that sold for $437,500 in 2019. Sotheby’s didn’t reveal the name of the buyer or seller, but said bidding came from four continents.



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