Bidding for the shoes from one of Michael Jordan’s most memorable games has crossed the $1 million mark.
Goldin is offering the autographed Air Jordan 12 sneakers from the June 11, 1997 game in which an ailing Jordan mustered the strength to score 38 points in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. While it’s become known as the “flu game,” Jordan himself has stated he likely had a case of food poisoning. Either way, the game helped cement Jordan’s legacy as one of sports’ greatest competitors.
Fifteen of Jordan’s 38 points came in the fourth quarter—including a three-pointer with 25 seconds left that gave the Bulls the lead for good. The win gave Chicago a 3-2 lead in the series and they would close out the Jazz to win their fifth NBA title.
The shoes were given to Jazz ball boy Preston Truman after the game and Truman got Jordan to add his autograph. Truman has held onto the shoes until now. They’ve been photo matched to action from the game at the Delta Center.
The Goldin 100 auction, which runs through June 14, also features the jersey worn by LeBron James June 3, 2018, the date on which he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite James Rookie Patch Autograph graded BGS 9.5/10, a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady autographed rookie card (#066/100) graded BGS 9/Beckett 10, a PSA 9 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie card, a PSA 10 1980-81 Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie card and a 1928 Ty Cobb bat.
The auction includes 100 high value items from sports, film, pop culture and other areas.