Rare Nike sneaker worn by Michael Jordan in ‘Space Jam’ is up for auction

Technically speaking, the real space jam Air Jordan 11 was never released to the public. Only a handful of pairs were made for Michael to wear while filming the movie, and when Nike finally released the sneaker five years later, it inexplicably changed the Jumpman’s color from “concord purple” to “concord blue.” . In 2016, the color was changed when the sneaker was re-released for Space Jam’s 20th anniversary – but then the ’23’ on the heel was replaced with ’45’, the number Jordan briefly wore on his return of retirement.

To date, the only way to get the exact same sneaker Jordan wore in space jam is to secure one of the extremely rare pairs made just for him. And it will now be possible, as Sotheby’s is auctioning off one of the original samples donated to His Airness itself.

An unworn sample of the space jam Air Jordan 11 is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000, which would make it one of the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction. The movie-inspired color scheme for the AJ11 is already one of the most iconic shoes in the Jordans line, but a chance to own one of the very shoes that sparked the craze is worth every penny, at least in the context of other six digits. kicking.

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Someone once traded a pair for a car – It’s fun to see how much the price has gone up for the OG space jam 11s, as one of the legends around the sneaker involves someone swapping a pair for a used Honda Civic. One of Jordan’s personal stylists from the film got to keep a pair that Jordan actually wore and eventually traded them in for the car. The person who acquired the rare sneakers later sold them on eBay for a sum that was lost, but another pair sold that year went for $11,000.

The auctioned pair comes in Jordan’s size 13 and was specially made for his feet as a player sample. Jordan also signed one of the sneakers in silver ink, and they will come in a specially created wooden box engraved with the Tune Squad logo. Selling them is Andre Ljustina, a sneaker collector and founder of the resale store Project Blitz.

“This pair has been one of my most treasured possessions for years now, and with the release of the new movie, it was a good time for another collector and space jam fanatical about enjoying this amazing pair,” Ljustina said in a press release. “They have truly become a piece of my history, and I hope a new collector can enjoy them as much as I have.”

Enter rare territory — The current record for the most expensive sneaker ever sold at auction is a Nike Air Yeezy sample worn by Kanye West at the Grammys. It sold for $1.8 million earlier this year, breaking the previous record held by a pair of game-worn, autographed Air Jordan 1s that sold for $560,000 just like the last dance broadcast completed. Only five sneakers in total have sold for $200,000 or more, and the Space Jams may soon join that list.

Sotheby’s is auction starts today and will be accepting offers until July 26. And if you can’t afford to bid equal in value to an exotic foreign car, the sneakers will also be on public display during the same period at Sotheby’s York Street Galleries in New York City.