Sotheby’s will soon be auctioning one of the most valuable sneakers ever sold. The Air Jordan 13s that Michael Jordan wore during Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals, which gained popularity in the famous “The Last Dance” season, are expected to break the world record for the highest price paid for a pair of sneakers at auction.
Jordan’s sports memorabilia has always been highly coveted, and Sotheby’s has previously auctioned off six pairs of his championship Air Jordan sneakers. The Air Jordan 13s up for auction are significant because they are the only complete pair of game-worn shoes from the 1998 NBA Finals that have been authenticated by The MeiGray Group. They are also the final pair of Air Jordan XIII Breds that Jordan wore in an NBA game.
These sneakers were given to a ball boy after the game, as a token of appreciation for his hospitality and services during the Bulls’ visits. The sneakers were signed by Jordan in the locker room after the game. The Air Jordan 13s are estimated to fetch between $2-4 million USD, exceeding the current auction record for a pair of sneakers.
The sneakers will be featured in Sotheby’s online auction series, VICTORIAM, which highlights best-in-class sports memorabilia from iconic past and present athletes. The bidding will be open from April 3 to 11, with a public exhibition at Sotheby’s New York on April 5.
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