Michael Jordan’s signed NBA championship sneakers sell for record-breaking $8M at NYC auction

Signed sneakers Michael Jordan wore during NBA championship games sold for a whopping $8 million at an auction in New York City.

Sotheby’s announced Friday that a set of six individual sneakers worn by the basketball legend broke the record for the most expensive game-worn sneakers ever sold.

Dubbed “The Dynasty Collection,” the Nike-crafted footwear were each worn during Jordan’s championship-winning games in 1991, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in 1996. (Jonathan Daniel/Allsport)
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls in 1996. (Jonathan Daniel/Allsport)

The beloved basketball player, who retired in 2003, was famously photographed by Bill Smith wearing only one shoe while celebrating his wins. Limited images signed by the shutterbug were also included in the sale.

The auction house did not identify the buyer who ponied up $8,032,800 for the winning bid.

“Today’s record-breaking price is a testament to the GOAT,” Sotheby’s chief Brahm Wachter said in a statement.”Serving as both a reminder of Michael Jordan’s lasting impact on the world and a tangible expression of his recognized legendary status, its significance is further validated by this monumental result.”

Six individual Air Jordan sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in the clinching games of his 6 career NBA Finals championships sold for $8 million, setting a new global auction record for game worn sneakers and becoming the second highest price achieved for Michael Jordan sports memorabilia. (Courtesy of Sotheby's)
Six individual Air Jordan sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in the clinching games of his 6 career NBA Finals championships sold for million, setting a new küresel auction record for game worn sneakers and becoming the second highest price achieved for Michael Jordan sports memorabilia. (Courtesy of Sotheby’s)

The six sneakers stand out as the second-highest total amassed for Jordan swag at the auction house. A jersey worn by the Chicago Bulls icon in Game 1 of the 1998 “Last Dance” finals fetched $10.1 million in September 2022.

Seven months later, a pair of Air Jordans 13 worn in the 1998 NBA Finals Game 2 were sold for $2,238,000 — the most ever paid for a pair of sneakers at that time.

Wachter, who oversees Sotheby’s çağdaş collectibles, described the hefty haul as “a truly unparalleled moment and milestone in auction history.”

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