One knock-on effect of the hype surrounding “The Last Dance” documentary appears to be a boom in Michael Jordan memorabilia, with one pair of the former Chicago Bulls star’s sneakers expected to fetch over $500,000 at auction.
The online “Original Air” auction of 11 items — browsing opens on July 23 and bidding takes place between July 30 and August 13 — is being organized by Christie’s and sneaker consignment store Stadium Goods.
Christie’s has described the auction as “the most comprehensive sneaker record of Michael Jordan’s era-defining Chicago Bulls career.”
Michael Jordan’s game-worn pair of Nike Air Ship sneakers could sell for over $500,000.
The most valuable lot in the Christie’s auction is a pair of Jordan’s game-worn Nike Air Ship sneakers.
The Air Ship sneaker was worn by Jordan in 1984 before the launch of his signature Air Jordan 1 model. His “Airness” only wore the pair during pre-season and early games of his rookie year and Christie’s expects them to fetch between $350,000 and $550,000.
As with most of Jordan’s game-worn sneakers, the left shoe is a US size 13.5 and the right a US size 13.