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- Michael Jordan’s sneakers from 1998 could sell for $4 million, breaking auction records.
- They are a pair of Air Jordan 13s Jordan wore in the last NBA finals he played for the Chicago Bulls.
- If sold at their estimated $4 million, they will set a record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold.
A pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan during his last NBA finals with the Chicago Bulls in 1998 is expected to sell for up to $4 million — and could set a record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold.
The shoes are a pair of black and red Air Jordan 13s from Jordan’s “Last Dance” — the last championship final Jordan played for the Bulls in 1998. Jordan wore this pair of shoes during the second game in the Bulls’ series against the Utah Jazz. During that game, Jordan scored 37 points for the Bulls, winning them the match.
According to a listing from the Sotheby’s auction house, Jordan took off his shoes after the game, signed them in silver ink, and gifted them to a ball boy in the locker room.
The listing has priced the shoes between $2 and $4 million.
The shoes will be sold in an online public auction held by Sotheby’s. This auction is scheduled to run from April 3 to 11.
—Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) March 14, 2023
In a news release seen by CBS News, Sotheby’s said the pair of shoes was the “important relic from the height of Jordan’s career.” The auction house also called the shoes the “most illustrious pieces of sports memorabilia to exist.”
If sold for their estimated price, the Air Jordan 13s will set the record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold, per CBS News, citing Sotheby’s.
“The historic Air Jordans are the most valuable sneakers to ever appear on the auction market, and are poised to eclipse the current auction record for a pair of sneakers,” Sotheby’s said, per CBS News.
Two other shoes have been sold for over a million dollars: Kanye West’s $1.8 million Nike Air Yeezy 1s and Jordan’s $1.472 million Nike Air Ships, per Sotheby’s Twitter. Both pairs of shoes were sold in 2021.
Sotheby’s and a representative for Jordan did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside regular business hours.