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Michael Jordan shoes auctioned for $615,000, setting new record

Michael Jordan shoes auctioned for $615,000, setting new record
A pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 sneakers, worn by Michael Jordan in a 1985 game, sold for a record-breaking $615,000. Photo courtesy of Christie's

Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A pair of shoes worn by Michael Jordan during a 1985 exhibition game broke a world record when they sold for $615,000 at an auction.

Auction house Christie's said the Nike Air Jordan 1 High sneakers, worn by the basketball legend during an exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, were autographed by Jordan and described by the auctioneer as "a one-of-a-kind Michael Jordan artifact."

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The shoes were billed as especially unique due to a shard of glass embedded in the sole of the left shoe as a result of Jordan shattering a glass backboard with a forceful slam dunk.

The $615,000 final price for the shoes broke a record set by another pair of the player's shoes, which sold for $560,000 earlier in 2020.

Christie's said another pair of Jordan's shoes, worn during a 1992 game, sold for $112,500 as part of the same auction.

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