Michael Jordan’s Championship Sneakers Sell For $8million In A Record-breaking Auction

A set of the six sneakers that basketball legend Michael Jordan wore to secure his six NBA championships sold for an unprecedented $8 million at auction.

The auction house Sotheby’s reports that the selling price for “The Dynasty Collection” on Friday was $8,032,800, setting a new global record for the sale of game-used sneakers.

The pieces that comprised the set were the Air Jordan VI (1991), Air Jordan VII (1992), Air Jordan VIII (1993), Air Jordan XI (1996), Air Jordan XII (1997), and Air Jordan XIV (1998).

“This set represents the most valuable and significant collection of Air Jordan sneakers ever brought to market,” the auction house said on its website ahead of the auction.

Notably, only one of each pair was sold.

Prior to the 1991 NBA Finals, Chicago Bulls executive director of public relations Tim Halland asked Jordan to give him one of his used Air Jordan trainers if the team won. After winning, Jordan complied with Halland’s request and signed and engraved the shoe before giving it to him. According to Sotheby’s, which bought the sneakers from a private American collector who had gotten them from Halland, superstition forced Jordan to carry on this tradition for the remaining five championships.

A pair of autographed limited edition photos featuring a grinning Michael Jordan sporting a single sneaker after the NBA Finals victory were included in the auction lot.

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