A pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s sold for a whopping $560,000 after Michael Jordan’s 10-part “Last Dance” docu-series wrapped up. Meanwhile, MJ is having a hard time unloading his Chicago mansion. More inside…
Michael Jordan’s name still rings bells and can still get folks to cough up hella cash.
After the end of his HIGHLY buzz worthy 10-part “Last Dance” docu-series aired this past Sunday, a pair of the NBA icon’s sneakers sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to reports, a pair of his Nike Air Jordan 1s – that were signed and worn by him – were auctioned off (via Sotheby’s) for a whopping $560,000. Sotheby’s didn’t disclose the name of the buyer or seller, but said bidding came from four continents.
#MichaelJordan’s game-worn and autographed Air Jordan 1s have sold for $560,000 USD. This #Sothebys auction sets a new world record for the highest price sold for any sneaker, surpassing the previous record of $437,500 USD for #Nike’s Waffle Moon Shoe.
Photo: Sotheby’s pic.twitter.com/5tw2lv5J1d
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) May 18, 2020
The sought out sneakers sold for three times their original value and set a new record as the most expensive sneakers ever sold. The new record surpassed the previous record holder, which was a pair of 1972 Nike Waffle Racing “Flat Moon Shoes” that went for $437,500 in 2019.
The mega sale coincided with the last episode of MJ’s hugely popular ESPN “The Last Dance.”
“This shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan as one of the most recognizable and legendary athletes of all time, but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of e-commerce development.
The sale comes 35 years after the release of the first Air Jordan.
The Chicago Bulls player wore the red, white and black sneakers in 1985. They are signed with a bold, black permanent marker, which was rare since Jordan typically signed with a ballpoint pen.
Oh, and get this. For most of Jordan’s career, he wore mismatched shoes, so the left sneaker is a size 13 and the right is a size 13.5.
The NBA GOAT has been trying to sell his mansion in Chicago for the last eight years, but has been unseccuessful. Now, the property is reportedly being listed for half of the original $29 million asking price.
Michael Jordan has unsuccessfully tried to sell his Chicago area home for the last eight years. It started at $29 million. It is now listed for $14,855,000.
1+4+8+5+5 = 23 pic.twitter.com/YwwpREwU0h
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 18, 2020
The mansion is 56,000 square-feet was originally listed for $29 million in February 2012. It’s now reportedly listed for 14,855,000. And get this, if you add up the the digits in the asking price, it equals 23, MJ’s jersey number. People love a number conspiracy, don’t they?
Also, the annual property taxes on the mansion totals more than $124,000. Sheesh.
Good luck, MJ!