While a jury decided last week that using Michael Jordan’s likeness in an ad without his permission will cost supermarket chain owner Safeway $8.9 million in damages, collectors were uninspired by the value of some of the basketball legend’s game-worn shoes. Five pairs of sneakers worn by the former Chicago Bulls great sold in an auction over the weekend, but for far less than the $71,553 that a used pair of his shoes sold for in April.
A pair of Nike Air Ships that Michael Jordan wore during his rookie season have sold for $71,553, according to an auction house. It’s the second biggest haul for a pair of Jordan or NBA shoes, coming in second to the Bulls legend’s “flu game” sneakers that fetched more than $104,000. The buyer for Jordan’s rookie shoes wished to remain anonymous, said SCP Auctions spokesman Terry Melia. The shoes were part of more than 1,300 sports memorabilia that brought in $4.1 million.
A pair of Nikes that were the earliest NBA-worn shoes of Michael Jordan’s that have ever come to market have sold for $71,553. That’s the second-highest price paid for game-worn Jordan shoes. In 2013, the shoes that Jordan wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA Finals sold for $104,765. Terry Melia, a spokesman for SCP Auctions, which sold the shoes, said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
They could be the Holy Grail for any diehard Michael Jordan fan. A pair of Nike hightops billed as the earliest known NBA game-worn shoes worn by Jordan could be yours, if you’re the highest bidder, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.