Michael Jordan’s ‘The Dynasty Collection’ Nets Record $8 Million at Auction

In a historic auction event, Michael Jordan’s iconic “The Dynasty Collection” of game-worn sneakers, showcasing the shoes he wore during each of his NBA championship victories, has sold for a whopping $8 million. Hosted by Sotheby’s in New York City, this sale has set a new record for the most expensive game-worn sneakers ever sold.

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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 25: Michael Jordan, co-owner of 23xi racing and NBA legend watching the action on pit road during qualfying for the 2nd annual Ally 400 on June 25, 2022 at Nashville SuperSpeedway in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This is the second-highest price for Jordan memorabilia; his game-worn 1998 NBA Finals Game 1 jersey went for the $10.1 million, Sports Illustrated reported.

The “Dynasty Collection” comprises six pairs of Air Jordan shoes, each representing a pivotal moment in Jordan’s legendary career as he led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles. These sneakers, worn during the championship-clinching games of 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998.

More Than Just Shoes

“Today’s record-breaking price is a testament to the GOAT. The Dynasty Collection undeniably ranks among the most significant compilations of sports memorabilia in history,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Modern Collectables, said in a statement. “Serving as both a reminder of Michael Jordan’s lasting impact on the world and a tangible expression of his recognized legendary status, its significance is further validated by this monumental result.”

While the identity of the buyer remains undisclosed, Sotheby’s revealed that the seller was a private American collector who acquired the sneakers from a longtime Bulls executive. The tradition of gifting a sneaker to the executive after each championship win further enhances the historical value of these iconic shoes, documented with accompanying photos of Jordan celebrating his victories while wearing them.

As a five-time league MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Jordan’s legacy as a basketball icon is so far unmatched. His partnership with Nike to create the iconic Air Jordans in the mid-1980s forever changed the athletic shoe industry and boosted sneaker culture to new heights.

The sale of Michael Jordan’s “The Dynasty Collection” follows previous record-breaking auctions of his memorabilia, including the $2.2 million sale of a pair of sneakers he wore in the 1998 NBA Finals.

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