We’ve heard a lot of stories about the shoes Michael Jordan wore during the 1984 Chicago Bulls championship run, but this might top them all: a pair of the shoes sold for a record 1.5 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Wednesday night.
Broken down by the color and brand, the 1981 Jordan 6’s sold for 1.1 million and the 1983 Nike Zoom Air Pegasus 11’s sold for 1.06 million. All of the shoes were replete with triple stripes and read “PTX” with three new numbers added next to it: 52. 48. 48.
At least one athlete seems in awe of the shoes. “I’m not really familiar with it, but I have seen Jordan scores a lot,” Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta told FOX. “I mean, you are talking about a guy who has, like, 10s of millions of dollars in the bank. He can buy whatever he wants. I don’t know what he’s going to do with these. Maybe just go into the business of basketball shoes.”
A couple of years before he became synonymous with the word “champion,” Jordan captivated the basketball world and ushered in the rise of the Air Jordan.
Jordan’s name and popularity during that time transcended the sport itself, even if the shoes themselves never fully translated. This story is one that rarely made the news: the then 17-year-old high school kid was selling used shoes to earn money for a one-way plane ticket to Minnesota so he could attend college.
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