Why so much for a battered pair of basketball shoes? Well, this specific pair was worn by Michael Jordan himself in the 1984 Olympic basketball final, the game in which the GOAT shot 20 points and led the US to glory over their Spanish rivals. The game would be the last of MJ's amateur career and the final time he would wear Converse on court (he signed with Nike soon after for his entry into the NBA).
Following the win, His Airness gifted his game-worn shoes to the son of Laker great Gail Goodrich, who was working as a ball boy at The Forum for most of the US team's games. Making this purchase all the sweeter, the pair were autographed not once, but twice – one on the outside of the left shoe and the other on the inside of the right.
The sale sets a new record for the highest price paid for a pair of game-worn sneakers, trumping the previous record of $104,765 set by the pair of Air Jordan 12s worn by the Bulls superstar during 1997's infamous 'Flu Game'.
While you stand zero chance of ever owning this incredible piece of Olympic memorabilia – unless you can tempt their new owner to part with their new acquisition for a sum well into six figures – you can at least relish the fact that the Fastbreak will be hitting stores in UNC colours later this month as part of the Air Jordan x Converse 'Alumni' pack.