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Sotheby’s has opened bidding for the most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold at auction: a pair of Nike Air Ships worn by Michael Jordan, notably his earliest known regular season footwear.
Current bidding is at US$1.1 million and is estimated to reach US$1.5 million. The auction house reports the sneakers are accompanied by a Letter of Provenance from the owner, Mr Tommie Tim III Lewis, who was gifted the shoes by Michael Jordan. A Letter of Opinion in regards to Game Use from MEARS Authentication, LLC confirms the authenticity.
The leather sneakers are an important part of sneaker history and design legacy of the original Air Jordan. In 1984, Nike gave Michael Jordan his own signature line of shoes and clothes, which was pivotal in his agreeing to sign with Nike. It was the first time the brand ventured into a collaboration with an athlete on this scale, paving the way for many of the player collaborations we see today.
The auction will take place at Sothebys.com on October 24, and will break the current record for a pair of auctioned sneakers at US$615,000, another pair worn by Jordan and auctioned off by Christie’s in August 2020.
Source: Fashion United