A pair of Nike Air Ships sneakers worn by Michael Jordan early in his professional career have sold for a record-breaking $1.47 million (£1.07 million) at an auction. The sneakers were worn by the former Chicago Bulls star during his fifth NBA game
The basketball star wore the red and white Nike Swoosh sneakers during his fifth NBA game in his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls against the Denver Nuggets on November 1, 1984.
The sneakers are said to be the first to have sold for more than a million Dollar at auction following Kanye West’s Grammy Nike Air Yeezy 1 which sold for $1.8m during a personal sale in April.
CNN reports have it that Jordan’s autographed sneakers, gifted to Nuggets’ ball boy, Tommy Tim III Lewis, after the game, has been kept them in “excellent” condition until this year.
They were sold to cards collector, Nick Fiorella, on Sunday, setting a new world record for the highest price achieved for a pair of sneakers at auction, according to Sotheby’s auction house.