Christie’s has partnered with sneaker and street wear marketplace Stadium Goods for an auction of Michael Jordan game-worn and player exclusive sneakers.
The auction, scheduled to open later this month, is being billed as “greatest collection of historic Michael Jordan footwear memorabilia ever offered at one time.”
The auction includes 11 lots including a pair of pre-Jordan Brand Nike Air Ships worn during his rookie season that is expected to sell for $350,000-$550,000 and the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic” snakers worn in the Dream Team’s gold medal game in 1992 pegged at $50,000-$70,000.
Another lot expected to draw a lot of attention is a pair of Jordan 14s worn during practice for his final Bulls appearance.
“Michael Jordan’s tremendous impact on basketball and sneakers is universally acknowledged, and it can be easy to think there aren’t any new stories to add to the legend, said John McPheters, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Stadium Goods. “But as we’ve seen with ‘The Last Dance’ and now with our ‘Original Air’ auction with Christie’s, there are still lesser known narratives in the legacy that create great interest. The pieces we’ve put together for this auction are truly unique, and will have deep resonance for Jordan fans, sneaker connoisseurs and pop culture collectors alike. Additionally, we are pleased to be able to donate proceeds from one of the sale’s most exciting highlights to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.”
Before the Air Jordan 1 was released, Jordan wore the Nike Air Ship for the NBA preseason and early games of his rookie year. Jordan’s version of the Air Ship was modified exclusively for him in the form of an Air Jordan 1 TYPS MJ PE (Tong Yang Player Sample Michael Jordan Player Exclusive). The design features the upper of the Air Ship with the sole of the Air Jordan 1.
Christie’s says the shoes were sourced from a New Jersey Nets equipment manager.
The auction house says the Jordan 7s are photo-matched to the August 8, 1992 gold medal game against Croatia, in which Jordan scored 22 points. The shoes and a Magic Johnson t-Shirt were both sourced from a receptionist of the Ambassador Hotel in Barcelona where the Dream Team exclusively stayed, gifted as a show of gratitude.
The pair of Jordan 14s were worn during Bulls practices between games of the 1998 NBA Finals, Jordan’s last appearances as a member of the Bulls.
The auction will run from July 31-August 13. Taking place at the same time as another sale featuring photos taken by legendary photographer Walter Iooss Jr. The online auction will include 39 of his photographic prints showcasing basketball, football and baseball stars of the 60s-90s.