On Sunday, Sotheby’s said that NBA great Michael Jordan’s sold his first Air Jordan sneakers in an online auction with a record of $560,000.
The first ever signature sneakers, were expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 in the auction. In 1985, this sneakers was designed by The Air Jordan 1st for the Jordan .
Sotheby’s known for selling the multimillion dollar art, in a last year Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers and then set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe.”
“We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development.
“That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan… but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market”, he added.
Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right).
The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of “The Last Dance”, a 10-part ESPN documentary about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. On Sunday, the final two episodes of the show are broadcast later.
Jordan Geller sold the shoes, he is the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas.