A pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s signed by Michael Jordan will be featured in an upcoming Sotheby’s auction.
The shoes were designed as a “player sample”, meaning they were cut to Jordan’s specifications as if he would have actually worn them on the court. According to Sotheby’s, the studs have an estimated value of between $100,000 and $200,000.
The Nike Air Jordan 1 is one of the most recognizable designs in basketball and streetwear history and is a key part of the origin of the Air Jordan brand for Nike.
Jordan wore Air Jordan 1s in 1984 – his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls – and in 1985. He also wore modified versions of the shoe in 1986, enduring a broken foot.
Nike gave Jordan its own line of footwear and apparel in 1984, which was the focal point of Jordan’s deal to sign with the iconic streetwear brand.
Other items featured in the Sotheby’s auction are:
Virgil Abloh Signed & Designed Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High Off-White Chicago ‘The Ten’ (est. $10/20,000)
Nike x Louis Vuitton “Air Force 1” and pilot case (est. $150/200,000)
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Fragment Friends and Family (est. 12/$15,000)
Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro Nipsey Hussle ‘Victory Lap’ (est. $18/$22,000)
Sotheby’s online auctions will take place from November 29 to December 13. The full set of items will be on public view at Sotheby’s Galleries in New York from November 30.
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