Monday, 12 June 2017
Michael Jordan's old Converse sneakers sell for a record $190,000
A pair of Michael Jordan's sneakers, worn during his 1984 Olympic gold-medal game against Spain, have sold for a whopping $190,373. The sale marks the highest price on record for a pair of game-used sneakers, according to auctioneers SCP auctions. The bid opened at $10,000 and quickly climbed its way up. "The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia," Dan Imler, vice president of SCP told news outlet ESPN.
Jordan had given the shoes to a then-11-year-old ball boy, who happened to be the son of Los Angeles Lakers great, Gail Goodrich. The auction listing details how Goodrich's son got the shoes directly from Jordan, who signed them in the locker room after the gold medal final game. The Converse sneakers, which include the orthotic inserts Jordan wore, are the last pair that he put on for a competition as an amateur, before starting his NBA journey with the Chicago Bulls. The Olympic match also marked the last time that Jordan was ever seen wearing Converse.
He later signed a deal with Nike and was the face of the Air Jordans — a move which boosted the then relatively-obscure sportswear company to fame. The previous record for game-worn shoes stood at $104,765 in 2013, for a pair that Jordan wore during an NBA game in which he was ill, dubbed the "Flu Game".