Michael Jordan's 'Last Dance' Sneakers Poised to Set Record with Potential $4 Million Sale at Auction Next Month
It was worn by MJ in the 1998 Finals when the shoes were signed.
There is a chance that one of Michael Jordan's most iconic pairs of sneakers will set a record when it goes up for auction next month.
According to Rich Report, there will be a Sotheby's auction in early April that will sell off a pair of Air Jordan XIIIs that the basketball legend wore during his famous "Last Dance" season.
There is no doubt that His Airness wore these shoes during his final campaign with the Chicago Bulls, but they also wore them during the 1998 NBA Finals, so there is a high probability that they could be sold for as much as $4 million.
In addition, the player laced up a pair of Air Jordan XIII sneakers that were dubbed “Bred” (black and red) before game 2 of the finals matchup with the Utah Jazz in order to get them ready to sell. It was the star of the Bulls that led the team to a 4-2 series victory by scoring 37 points in Salt Lake City as a game-high 37 points.
According to the auction house, Jordan immediately signed both shoes after the game and gave them to the ball boy who was responsible for maintaining the visitors' locker room after the game.
As far as we know, these are the only game-worn sneakers from any of the player's six finals appearances that have gone up for auction.
In spite of the fact that the Jordan XIIIs aren't one of the most famous shoes in history, if the pre-sale estimate is reached of $2 million to $4 million, this pair will become the most expensive ever sold at auction.
The record currently belongs to a pair of Nike Air Ships that are the earliest known sneakers worn by Jordan in an official NBA game, which Sotheby's sold for $1.472 million in 2021.
Collectors are particularly interested in items from the 1997-1998 season, which has become referred to as the “Last Dance” due to the popular ESPN documentary of that year. While collectors love all game-worn Jordan items, they are particularly averse to items from the 1997-1998 season.
Last year, a Jordan jersey, which was worn during the first game of the NBA Finals that year, sold for $10.1 million and became the most valuable piece of memorabilia in the world.
“Michael Jordan game-worn sports memorabilia has proven time and time again to be the most elite and coveted items on the market,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby's Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectibles.
“However, items from his ‘Last Dance’ season are of a greater scale and magnitude as seen with our record-breaking sale of his Game 1 jersey in 2022. Worn in his final year with the Bulls, the iconic Air Jordans coming to auction this April will be sure to excite the collector community and sports fans in this most important Jordan Year.”
In a two-part online auction held by Sotheby's from April 3 to April 13, this piece of Jordan memorabilia, which is one of the most sought-after items in the auction, is being offered via Sotheby's. Prepare to pay big—2023 is the Jordan year of this century after all.