A pair of trainers worn by Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, during his rookie season in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, have been sold for $560,000 (N216.7million), the BBC reports.
The trainers were sold in an online auction by Sotheby’s, a British-founded American multinational corporation headquartered in New York City. The sale reportedly broke the previous record of $437,500 (N169.3million), which was gotten for a pair of Nike’s 1972 Moon Shoes.
The Nike Air Jordan were expected to fetch between $100,00-$150,000 at Sotheby’s. The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas. 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 10-part Netflix documentary – The Last Dance – about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. Jordan is considered “the greatest basketball player of all time,” according to his biography on the official NBA website.
After 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls, he is now the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Also, as one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and considered as instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, Jordan is worth over $2.1billion, according to Forbes.