The first lot includes 3 pairs of notable Jordan-worn sneakers. The firstand most expensiveare actually not technically even Air Jordans. Before the Air Jordan 1 was even released, Jordan wore the Nike Air Ships for at the beginning of his rookie year, during the preseason and early regular season. These were also custom madethe left shoe is a size 13.5, while the right is a 13. Christie's sourced the sneakers from New Jersey Nets equipment manager, and their extremely rare nature has led to them being the most expensive item of the bunchtheir estimated price is between $350,000 and $550,000.
Additional sneakers available for sale include the Air Jordan 7 "Olympic," which Jordan wore for Game 7 of the 1992 Olympics against Croatia, when he was playing with the team known as the "Dream Team," alongside Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, among many notable others. This sneaker was sourced by a receptionist form the Ambassador Hotel in Barcelona, where the USA team stayedthe sneaker, along with a Magic Johnson shirt (also included in the package) was gifted to the hotel upon their exit. These are estimated to go in the modest range of $50,000 to $70,000.
Anyone who really loved The Last Dance (or Chicago Bulls fans who really loved that final title) might be particularly excited about another pair that the Original Air auction has available, a practice-worn pair of Air Jordan 14 "Chicago" sneakers, which MJ wore during practice between games of the 1998 finals against the Utah Jazz (as seen in The Last Dance's exclusive practice footage). Those have an expected price of "only" $6,000-$8,000.
The vast majority of us, to be honest, will not be bidding on these items. But for any NBA fan, or fan of the culture surrounding the game (which has, of course, also now crossed into fashion and style), it's really cool to see the items from ground zero be available for whoever is willing to put the money up. And it's even better that Christie's and Stadium Goods are willing to put a portion of the proceeds up for a good cause at the NAACP LDFespecially now, when those funds are needed the most. Whether you're bidding on these or not, we hope the price is high, because the products sure look worth it.