Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals sneakers promote for a file $2.2 million

Editor’s Notice: This story was up to date with the ultimate sale worth and different particulars following the public sale.


In 1998, Michael Jordan laced up a pair of his iconic black and purple Air Jordan 13s to deliver residence a Bulls victory throughout Recreation 2 of his ultimate NBA championship — and now they’re the costliest sneakers ever to promote at public sale.

The sport-winning sneakers offered for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday, smashing the sneaker public sale file of $1.47 million, set in 2021 by a pair of Nike Air Ships that Jordan wore earlier in his profession.

The sale arrives throughout “Jordan Yr” — a reference to the NBA star participant’s iconic jersey quantity 23. In January, Air Jordan partnered with Sotheby’s to public sale off 13 pairs of retro sneakers that have been designed in reminiscence of The Infamous B.I.G. All tons outsold their excessive estimates of $5,000 by multiples, with the very best promoting for greater than $32,000.

Final 12 months, Jordan’s Recreation 1 jersey, additionally from the 1998 finals, grew to become the costliest merchandise of worn sports activities memorabilia to promote at public sale when it fetched $10.1 million at a Sotheby’s sale.

Jordan’s farewell run with the Chicago Bulls is also known as “The Final Dance,” after the title of an ESPN and Netflix documentary that chronicled the season. Jordan introduced his (second) retirement weeks earlier than the finals, resulting in the six-game sequence in opposition to the Utah Jazz changing into the most-watched in NBA historical past, primarily based on Nielsen TV rankings. (Jordan would later return from 2001 to 2003 to play with the Washington Wizards, however didn’t win one other championship).

Michael Jordan pictured wearing the record-breaking sneakers during the NBA Finals at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 05, 1998.

“Michael Jordan game-worn sports activities memorabilia has confirmed time and time once more to be probably the most elite and coveted objects available on the market,” stated Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and fashionable collectables, in a press launch previous to the sale. “Nevertheless, objects from his ‘Final Dance’ season are of a better scale and magnitude as seen with our record-breaking sale of his Recreation 1 jersey in 2022.”

The pair of sneakers offered Tuesday have been worn throughout Recreation 2, in Salt Lake Metropolis, which the Bulls gained 93-88 after dropping Recreation 1, with Jordan scoring 37 factors. They’re the final pair of black and purple Air Jordan 13s that Jordan ever wore on the courtroom for an NBA sport, a press launch from Sotheby’s famous.

Following Recreation 2, Jordan signed and gifted the set of worn footwear to the ball boy within the customer’s locker room, as he was recognized to do, in keeping with Sotheby’s.

The Air Jordan 13 sneakers starred in a sports activities memorabilia sale referred to as “Victoriam,” which featured objects worn by athletes together with Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. A number of different Jordan objects have been included within the two-part public sale, with a game-worn 1998 Bulls jersey and a pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s fetching $508,000 and $127,000 respectively.

Different high tons included one in every of Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers taking pictures shirts, which offered for over $406,000, and a soccer jersey, worn by the late Pelé on his debut for the New York Cosmos in 1975, that offered fetched over $177,000.

Prime picture: The Air Jordan 13 sneakers signed by Michael Jordan.

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