Six Nike Air Jordan sneakers from Michael Jordan’s dynasty series sold for a record $8 million at Sotheby’s “The One” auction on Friday, with Jordan competing against the Chicago Bulls. Weared these shoes in six NBA championship games.
The bid became the second-highest price ever paid for a piece of Michael Jordan sports memorabilia, behind only Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey from his famous “Last Dance” season, which sold at Sotheby’s in September 2022 Sold for $10.1 million.
Various Air Jordan sneakers signed by Jordan were worn during the Bulls’ 1991 game against the Los Angeles Lakers, 1992 against the Portland Trail Blazers, 1993 against the Phoenix Suns, and 1996 against the Seattle SuperSonics Worn during a game against the Seattle SuperSonics in 1997. Utah Jazz and the 1998 game against the Utah Jazz.
The six pairs of shoes in sizes 13 and 13.5 were originally given by Jordan to Tim Hallam, the Bulls’ former public relations director. After selling the shoes to an anonymous buyer, they were sold to Sotheby’s.
“Today’s record-breaking price is a testament to the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). There is no denying that the Dynasty Collection is one of the most important collections of sports memorabilia in history. It serves as both a reminder and a tangible expression of Michael Jordan’s lasting impact on the world. His acknowledged legendary status, this milestone is further confirmation of its importance. Brahm Wachter, head of modern collections at Sotheby’s, said the six championship-winning sneakers may never be offered for sale at auction. Will be replicated, this is a truly unparalleled moment and milestone in auction history.
Sotheby’s also holds the sneaker auction record, with Michael Jordan’s famous “Last Dance” Air Jordan 13 from Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals selling for $2.2 million in April 2023 make a deal.