Michael Jordan's game-worn shoes pair from 1985 sold for $560,000 at an auction, Sunday. Ten bidders from across the globe competed.
"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," Sotheby's said. This sale breaks the world auction record for a pair of sneakers. The Nike Air Jordan 1s were made exclusively for Jordan, and featured red laces instead of black and white. Jordan wore the present pair of Air Jordan 1s during an early, pivotal point of his career. The right shoe features Jordan's signature in permanent marker. "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 detailed.
Sotheby's said the shoe sale "shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan as one of the most recognizable and legendary athletes of all time. The sneakers were owned by famed shoe collector Jordy Geller. It was not immediately known who purchased the shoes. For the history, Jordan initially wanted to sign a contract with Adidas. However, Jordan’s agent, David Falk, convinced him to sign with Nike.