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Sotheby's Nike Air Ship 1984 Michael Jordan Worn
Sotheby's Nike Air Ship 1984 Michael Jordan Worn
Sotheby's Nike Air Ship 1984 Michael Jordan Worn
Sotheby's Nike Air Ship 1984 Michael Jordan Worn,

Michael Jordan’s Rookie Season Nike Air Ships Sold for $1.472 Million at Sotheby’s Auction

A pair of Nike Air Ships worn by Michael Jordan during his rookie season have just sold at Sotheby’s for $1.472 million, setting a new record for a shoe sold at auction.

The auction was held on October 24 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as part of Sotheby’s ‘Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury’ collection which included fine watches, designer handbags and collectible sports cars. Estimates during the weeks leading up to the auction had projected the MJ-worn Air Ships to comfortably break the $1 million mark, possibly reaching $1.5 million – pretty spot on!

According to a statement by Sotheby’s, the auction winner was Nick Fiorella, a sports trading card collector who has previously paid $4.6 million for a Luca Doncic card – the fourth most expensive card ever sold. So, $1.47 million for a pair of autographed and game-worn Jordans (well, pre-Air Jordan Jordans) seems like an absolute bargain!

As previously reported, these Nike Air Ships were dated to MJ’s fifth-ever NBA game for the Chicago Bulls against the Denver Nuggets on November 1, 1984. Sotheby’s confirmed the provenance of the shoes’ story by Tommy Tim III Lewis, the Denver Nuggets ball boy that Jordan signed and gave his game-worn Ships to.

Sotheby’s have recently magnetised themselves to big game sneaker sales: earlier this year, they facilitated a private sale of Nike Air Yeezy samples for $1.8 million.

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