A pair of sneakers worn by NBA superstar Michael Jordan sold for $2.2 million on Tuesday, setting a record price at auction for game-worn sports footwear, Sotheby’s announced.
The basketball great wore the “Bred” Air Jordan 13s during Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals on the way to his sixth and last NBA championship title.
The online sale cements Jordan’s position as the most valuable athlete at auctions for sportswear memorabilia.
It broke his own record of $1.5 million for sneakers, set in September 2021.
Last year, one of his jerseys sold for $10.1 million, the most ever paid at auction for any game-worm collectables.
Jordan wore the sneakers for the second half of the Chicago Bulls’ 93-88 victory over Utah Jazz on June 5, 1998.
Jordan scored a game-high 37 points as his Bulls side tied the series 1-1.
The Finals featured in the hit 2020 ESPN/Netflix documentary “The Last Dance,” about Jordan’s final season with the Chicago side.
Wachter said nostalgia for a different era was driving the popularity of Jordan memorabilia.