Sports history in Black: Nike Air Ships worn by Michael Jordan sell for $1.47M

By Mike Patton

Black News & Views

Everyone wanted to be like Michael Jeffrey Jordan back when played for the Chicago Bulls and took the NBA by storm. From people shaving their heads to attacking the rim with their tongues out, Jordan’s influence was everywhere — and on everything. He was arguably the biggest sports star of the ’90s.

Michael Jordan's 1984 Nike Air Ships. Photo credit: Michael Jordan, Sotheby's
Michael Jordan’s 1984 Nike Air Ships. Photo credit: Michael Jordan, Sotheby’s

When fans weren’t emulating Jordan they were trying to get a hold of copies of the shoes that he wore on the court. Over the years he played and even past that time, fans were willing to wait in long lines and pay good money for a precious pair.

On October 24th , 2021, a pair of 1984 Nike Air Ships — designed by Bruce Kilgore and actually worn by Jordan during his fifth game with the Bulls — sold for $1.472 million at Sotheby’s to collector Nick Fiorella.

They were the first pair of sneakers to be auctioned for more than $1 million.

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