Editor’s Note: 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 crimson Air Jordan 13s to convey residence a Bulls victory throughout Game 2 of his closing NBA championship — and now they’re the costliest sneakers ever to promote at public sale.
The game-winning sneakers bought for $2.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday, smashing the sneaker public sale report 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 Year” — 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 Notorious B.I.G. All heaps outsold their excessive estimates of $5,000 by multiples, with the best promoting for greater than $32,000.