Michael Jordan is no stranger to breaking records throughout his basketball career, and the same goes for what's on his feet. The athlete's game-worn 1985 Air Jordans broke auction records just this May when they sold for $560,000.
Now, a landmark online sale from Christie's and Stadium Goods might break the record yet again. Original Air unites the greatest collection of historic Michael Jordan footwear memorabilia ever offered at one time. With a total of 11 unique pieces up for grabs which Christie's estimate will total an overall $1.74 million, the sale includes Air Jordan sneakers that are among "the rarest of the rare."
What can bidders expect? The first lots announced include pre-Air Jordan Nike Air Ship sneakers from 1984 which Jordan wore for the NBA preseason and early games of his rookie year. Those are set to go between $350,000 and $550,000. Another highlight to look out for are the 1992 game-worm Air Jordan 7s which have been photo matched to the August 8, 1992 gold medal game against Croatia in which Jordan scored 22 points and Team USA won by a score of 117-85. These sneakers are estimated at $50,000 to $70,000.
In case you needed some extra convincing, a portion of proceeds from one of the sale’s top lots are designated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF).
“Michael Jordan’s tremendous impact on basketball and sneakers is universally acknowledged, and it can be easy to think there aren’t any new stories to add to the legend", John McPheters, Co-Founder and CEO of Stadium Goods said in a statement. "But as we've seen with The Last Dance and now with our Original Air auction with Christie’s, there are still lesser-known narratives in the legacy that create great interest."
"The pieces we’ve put together for this auction are truly unique and will have deep resonance for Jordan fans, sneaker connoisseurs, and pop culture collectors alike."
Want to bid on a piece of sneaker history? Take a closer look at the full collection up for auction at christies.com/OriginalAir from July 30 to August 13.