With Michael Jordans Personally Worn Trainers Going On Auction We Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

With Michael Jordans Personally Worn Trainers Going On Auction We Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

March 1, 2023
Dom Challis

Sotheby’s Auction House is privately selling a set of six iconic Air Jordan trainers worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan during six championship games for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s where the legend led his team to the championship title and was named the Finals’ MVP.

Dubbed “The Dynasty Collection,” the six-part collection features a pair of Air Jordan 6 from 1991, Air Jordan 7 (1992), Air Jordan 8 (1993), Air Jordan 11 (1996), Air Jordan 12 (1997), and Air Jordan 14 (1998).

All six shoes were designed by Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and are expected to bring in millions. 

Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter had this to say: “Worn in each of the six unforgettable games that secured the Bulls’ dynasty status, this collection’s overwhelming influence on pop culture and basketball is undeniable as these shoes simultaneously combine Jordan’s legacy, domination, and stardom.”

Wachter went on to explain that these shoes are the: “Mona Lisa of the sneaker collecting and sports memorabilia communities.”

The collection of shoes are the most valuable and significant collection of Air Jordan trainers that’s ever been brought to market and are currently on display in Dubai.

In addition to autographs from Jordan, the Air Jordan 8 trainers from 1993 sports the final score from the Bulls v. the Phoenix Suns and the words “Our LAST Fucking Game!”

This isn’t the first time Sotheby’s has auctioned off Michael Jordan memorabilia, as in 2021 a pair of signed Air Ships, the earliest pair of regular season Nike shoes Jordan wore in a game in 1984, sold for $1.47 million. 

In 2022, a jersey Jordan worn during the opening game of the 1998 NBA finals was sold by Sotheby’s for $10.1 million.

Michael Jordan can be seen in the 1986 video found above, of Jordan presenting his very first Air Jordan 1 trainers that were tied to the NBA star’s rookie season in the NBA.

These are the very shoes that Michael Jordan debuted back in 1984 and were banned by the NBA because their colour broke the league’s uniform rules. 

Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 each time he wore the trainers during their 1984 NBA debut season. Despite the NBA also sending a letter to Nike, the sportswear giants were willing to pay the fines and have the shoes stand out from the crowd.

A major factor that’s added to the huge interest in Jordan memorabilia recently is the ESPN 10-part documentary “The Last Dance,” that focuses on Jordan’s last season with the Bulls and the new film titled “Air” that tells the story of Nike pursuing a partnership with Jordan in the 1980s – set to release April 5. 

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