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Michael Jordan’s 1998 Air Jordans sell for record $2.2m

The black & red Air Jordan Michael Jordan at The Last Dance.Photo/Independent

A pair of sneakers worn by former NBA great Michael Jordan have been sold for more than $2.2m at an auction, making them one of the most expensive pairs of trainers ever purchased.

The Air Jordan 13s were worn by the basketball legend for Game Two of the 1998 NBA Finals during his final year with the Chicago Bulls and is often referred to as The Last Dance and the inspiration behind the hit Netflix series of the same name.

Jordan’s valuable footwear exceeded auction records after the sale at Sotheby’s on Tuesday 11th April.

The Air Jordans beat the previous record of $1.8m held by a pair of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1s.

Michael Jordan’s memorabilia is highly valued and sought after at auction as Sotheby’s also sold his jersey, which he wore at Game One of the 1998 NBA Finals, for $10.1m in September of 2022, making it among the most expensive game-worn sports memorabilia.

The black and red footwear, shortened to Bred as is known in the Bred Air Jordans range, was worn when Jordan scored 37 points in the Bulls victory against Utah Jazz, 93-88.

The Air Jordan 13s Bred are among the final public releases of an Air Jordan sneaker during the basketball great career with the Bulls.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas