Michael Jordan’s stock keeps soaring.
With the massively popular series, “The Last Dance,” bringing renewed focus to the basketball icon’s career, a pair of autographed game-worn sneakers from Jordan’s 1984-85 rookie season were sold on Sunday for a record $560,000, bringing in about four times as much money as Sotheby’s anticipated.
The previous all-time sales record of $437,500 came last summer on a pair of Nike’s original prototype running shoes. Both pairs of shoes were owned by collected Jordy Geller. The buyer of the “Air Jordan 1s” has not yet been disclosed.
Geller, who bought Jordan’s sneakers in 2012, said the attention generated by “The Last Dance” — roughly six million viewers per episode — led him to put the legend’s shoes up for sale. The highest price previously spent on a pair of game-used sneakers of Jordan’s came three years ago, when a pair of his shoes from the 1984 Olympics were sold for $190,373. The “Air Jordans XII’s” from the 1997 NBA Finals “Flu Game” were sold for $104,765 in 2013.
“Jordy always has a great sense of timing for these things,” Brahm Wachter of Sotheby’s said, according to the Action Network. “We are thrilled with the price. It just speaks to Michael Jordan’s incredible legacy and people recognizing him as the greatest athlete to ever play.”
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