Jordan sneakers sold for nearly $300,000 at auction

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New York (EFE).- Two pairs of shoes worn in 1985 by Michael Jordan fetched nearly $300,000 on Thursday at an online auction organized by Christie’s.

The star lot of this sale of items for sports collectors was a pair of Air Jordan 1, the first model of sneakers created by Nike for the NBA star, which Jordan himself wore on the court and which was auctioned $189,000 (purchase costs included). ).

Despite the high number, there was only one bid and the lot was placed below Christie’s estimated range of $200,000 to $300,000.

Another pair of Air Jordan 1s from 1985, in this case signed and likely worn by Jordan, sold for $107,100.

Auction with cautious buyers

Sales were far from the record amounts paid in recent years for other shoes by the basketball legend: in 2020, the Air Jordan 1S brought in $560,000 and in 2021, the Nike Air Ships worn by Jordan in 1984 reached nearly of $1.5 million.

View, dated December 5, 2022, of several pairs of sneakers, including a 1985 Air Jordan 1, auctioned by Christie’s. EFE/Justin Lane

In total, during the auction that Christie’s closed today, seven pairs of Jordan shoes were offered for sale, but several of them remained without a buyer, which also happened with others items on offer, including two more pairs of shoes worn by tennis player Serena Williams, which were expected to raise up to $15,000 and $20,000, respectively.

He also failed to find a buyer for a Los Angeles Lakers jersey worn in a game by the late Kobe Bryant that was listed with an estimated price of between $100,000 and $150,000.

Some exclusive models were also offered during the auction, such as several pairs of sneakers from collaborations between Nike and Louis Vuitton and a chest designed by designer Virgil Abloh – who was the artistic director of the French brand and died in 2021 – sold for just over $100,000.

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