Gifted to a ball boy at the end of Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals, one of MJ’s last sneakers worn on the court is heading to auction.
When “The Last Dance” documentary premiered to begin 2020, the sneaker world wasn’t ready for the effect it would have on secondary market prices and overall demand for Air Jordan sneakers. The title of the ESPN-produced documentary is a nod to Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998 which featured MJ and his squad take on the rival Utah Jazz in what has become one of the most memorable NBA Finals of all time. During the doc, you can spot MJ rocking a pair of the Air Jordan 13s in the iconic “Bred” colorway during Game 2 against the Jazz in Utah, but now you could actually own this pair yourself thanks to Sotheby’s.
As of late, the legacy auction house has hosted a wide range of sneaker-related auctions including a collection of sneakers worn by MJ in every NBA Final’s clinching game, though this had forgone any inclusion of the AJ 13. Now, the sneaker in which MJ scored 37 points in the 93-88 victory against the Jazz is available with a signature by MJ present on the toebox in silver. With MJ rocking a fresh pair of sneakers each game, the signs of wear are semi-minimal with some creasing present on the midfoot and toebox, however, the condition is near perfect considering the played the entire second half of the game in the pair.
The Sotheby’s auction for MJ’s game-worn and signed Air Jordan 13 “Bred” from Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals is set to go down between April 3rd and April 11th, 2023 through sothebys.com. Estimated to sell between 2 million and 4 million USD, the pair would shatter the current record holder for the most valuable sneaker to sell at auction which is currently the Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Grammy” prototype ($1.8 million).
Though this is out of reach for 99% of sneakerheads, we’ll be sure to keep our eye on the sale so keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest releases, raffles, news, and more in the sneaker and streetwear world.
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