This one falls under the category of “for the Michael Jordan collector who thought they had everything…”
Heritage Auctions will soon offer one of ten silver-cast Air Jordan shoes and one of ten similarly treated baseball gloves that were created by his former wife on the occasion of his 32nd birthday in 1995.
Cast in Israel, the shoe and glove are believed to be the only examples ever to reach the auction block. The shoe is expected to fetch at least $50,000 while the glove carries an expectation of $10,000 or more.
According to Heritage, Jordan kept two of the shoe casts and two of the gloves. The manufacturer kept one, and the others were sold at different charity events.
Other versions of the shoe have been displayed in the past at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, the Chicago Science Museum, and in the clubhouse of Jordan’s hometown golf course. After their creation some 23 years ago, the casts were destroyed.
Jordan returned from his first retirement that year, not long after a brief foray into professional baseball.
Weighing ten pounds, the value of the silver alone on the shoe is in excess of $2,000.
Like the sneakers, just ten of the gloves were produced, with Jordan himself retaining two, the manufacturer one, and the rest sold off during charity fundraising events.
The glove weighs six pounds, three ounces.
The items are part of the Heritage Fall Catalog Auction. Bidding opens next Wednesday and will run through October 18-19 at HA.com.