Michael Jordan can add yet another accomplishment to his ever-growing list.
“This is the only complete pair of sneakers worn by Michael in an NBA Finals game, from any of Michael’s 6 NBA Finals series, that have ever been photomatched and authenticated by The MeiGray Group, the official authenticator of the NBA. They are also the only pair worn by Michael Jordan from the 1998 NBA postseason that have ever been photomatched by MeiGray,” a description read on Sotheby’s website.
When bidding officially closed, it was revealed that the Air Jordan 13 “Bred” sold for about $2.2 million at Sotheby’s, according to its website. This marks the most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold at auction, shattering Jordan’s own record.
The original Nike Air Ship shoes, also worn by Michael Jordan in 1984, previously held the record as they went for $1.47 million in 2021.
Another historic day at #SothebysNewYork! Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 2 Air Jordan 13s from the famous ‘The Last Dance’ season sold for $2.2 million, setting a new world record for the most valuable sneakers ever sold. pic.twitter.com/myK5uWZVBE
— Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) April 11, 2023
“Today’s record-breaking result further proves that the demand for Michael Jordan sports memorabilia continues to outperform and transcend all expectations,”said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, according to ESPN. “Sotheby’s is extremely proud to hold the world record for most valuable game-worn sports memorabilia at auction and the most valuable sneakers ever sold, both of which — to no surprise — are directly tied to the global icon, Michael Jordan.”