In a monumental event for sports memorabilia, a set of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan during the clinching games of all six of his NBA championships was auctioned for an astounding $8,032,800. Hosted by Sotheby’s, the auction featured The Dynasty Collection, a series of sneakers that not only symbolize Jordan’s unparalleled career but also his lasting legacy in the realm of basketball.
The collection was consigned by a private collector who had acquired these pieces of history from Tim Hallam, the Chicago Bulls’ Public Relations Director during the 1990s. Hallam, who had a unique tradition with Jordan of receiving one of his game-worn sneakers after each Finals victory, played a crucial role in preserving these iconic artifacts. Brahm Wachter of Sotheby’s lauded the auction as a testament to the enduring legacy of “the GOAT,” Michael Jordan, emphasizing the unparalleled significance of The Dynasty Collection in the annals of sports memorabilia.
This auction’s record-breaking sale price is second only to the $10.1 million fetched by a jersey worn by Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals, underscoring the immense value attributed to items associated with his career. The sneakers, which were displayed at the 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, span Jordan’s championship wins from 1991 to 1998, with each shoe autographed by the basketball legend himself.
Sotheby’s dubbed the set The Dynasty Collection, highlighting models such as the Air Jordan VI (1991), Air Jordan VII (1992), Air Jordan VIII (1993), Air Jordan XI (1996), Air Jordan XII (1997), and Air Jordan XIV (1998). Each model tells a story of its own, from the Air Jordan VI, inspired by Jordan’s Porsche 911, to the Air Jordan XIV, known as “Last Shot,” which drew design cues from his Ferrari 550 Maranello. Also included in the auction were signed 1/1 photographs of Jordan celebrating each championship victory, providing a visual narrative of these historic moments.
Hallam’s personal anecdotes about his tradition with Jordan add a layer of human interest to the auction, revealing a side of Jordan that fans rarely see. According to Hallam, Jordan would humorously walk around with one shoe on after giving the other to him, a testament to their unique bond and Jordan’s character off the court.
The sneakers themselves, each with a distinct story and design, from the strap-laden Air Jordan VIII to the Nike Zoom Air-equipped Air Jordan XII, underwent rigorous authentication and documentation. Experts and third-party photo-matching services were enlisted to confirm the authenticity and provenance of these sneakers, ensuring that bidders could confidently invest in genuine pieces of NBA history.
The auction concluded with the sale of an official scoresheet from Jordan’s career-high 69-point game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1990, which sold for just over $50,000, adding another layer of prestige to this historic auction. This event not only celebrated Michael Jordan’s unparalleled achievements on the basketball court but also solidified his status as a legend whose legacy transcends the sport itself.