Less than a year after the Nike "Moon Shoe" broke the record for the most sneakers every sold at auction with a $437,500 USD final bid, Sotheby's set a new record. This time around, a pair of Michael Jordan's game worn 1985 Air Jordan 1 player samples reached north of the half million dollar mark.
Autographed by the legend himself, the extremely rare pair of Air Jordan 1's in the original "Chicago" colorway was conservatively estimated to fetch somewhere between the $100,000-$150,000 USD price range. However, whether or not influenced by the recent The Last Dance documentary, that estimate was quickly shattered. Ending with a $560,000 price tag after 25 bids, the G.O.A.T. and the shoe that started it all now have another place in history.
Take a look at the close-up shots of the sneakers below. The left is a size 13 while the right is a size 13.5. You can still make out the original coding on the sneaker as well which reads "850204 TYPS." Those numbers tell you the production details - made in 1985 between February and April - while the letters reference the location, Tong Yang Player Sample. In related news, the Ben & Jerry's x Nike SB Dunk Low "Chunky Dunky" is releasing this weekend.