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Michael Jordan game-worn shoes up for auction at crazy price

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A pair of Air Jordan 1s worn in a game by Michael Jordan are up for auction.

And the iconic sneakers are expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000, according to Sotheby's. Bidding opened at $80,000 and the lot closes on May 12.

While gaudy, even that amount would pale in comparison to a separate set signed by Jordan, which sold in May 2020 for a record $560,000.

Coded on the inside of the size 13 and 13.5 shoes in their instantly-recognizable "Chicago" red, white and black colorway is the term 850102 TYPS -- a nod to the date of production (between January and February of 1985) and the facility in which they were produced ("Tong Yang" factory). So no have no doubt of their authenticity.

In terms of significance, the Air Jordan 1 was Jordan's first signature shoe with Nike, which, of course, sparked decades of domination in the sneaker market. Though Jordan wore the model primarily in 1984 and 1985, as famously depicted in "The Last Dance," he sported an outdated version for one game in March 1998 at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks, and dropped 42 points in a victory.

Also up for grabs at Sotheby's: Game-worn sneakers from NBA superstars present and past, including Steph Curry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dominique Wilkins, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal and more. In fitting fashion, though, Jordan's are expected to net the most.

 

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