Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ sneakers from the 1998 NBA Finals fetch $2.2 million at auction, breaking the previous record
A PAIR of shoes worn by Micahel Jordan in 1998 became the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction on Tuesday.
MJ wore the iconic black and red Jordan 13s in Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.
The Chicago Bulls won the deciding fight in Game 2 93-88 and Jordan lost 37 points.
This is also the same year that the “Last Dance” was filmed, making the shoe more valuable.
The NBA legend also reportedly signed and presented the shoes to the jazz ballboy after the game.
The shoes were sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $2.2 million on Tuesday.
That breaks the previous sneaker auction record — at $1.47 million — another pair of shoes Jordan wore early in his career.
According to Sotheby’s, they were the last pair of black and red Air Jordan 13s that MJ ever played in.
Jordan’s legacy is often remembered for his memorable “last dance” run with the Bulls after an already fairy-tale career.
ESPN and Netflix also released a documentary that chronicled the season and refreshed the memory in everyone’s minds.
The film showed Jordan announcing his second retirement weeks before the finale and how Chicago dealt with it.
It showed MJ leading them to a title in a six-game series against the Jazz.
The 1998 NBA Finals was the most-watched in league history.
MJ merchandise often goes for big numbers.
Last year, a shirt he wore in Game 1 of the 1998 finals sold for 10.1 million – making it the best-selling worn sporting memorabilia of all time.