Michael Jordan's Game-Worn Nike Air Ships Sell For $1.5 Million

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Michael Jordan wore these shoes in his fifth-ever NBA game.

Michael Jordan's sneaker legacy is easily the best to ever grace the NBA. He now has his very own brand with Nike, and when he first came to the NBA, he was given a signature sneaker line that would eventually become a worldwide sensation. Despite all of this, very few people outside of sneakerheads know that the Air Jordan 1 wasn't, in fact, MJ's first shoe. The first shoe he wore in the NBA was actually the Nike Air Ship, which he donned throughout his rookie season.

Recently, Sotheby's was able to secure a pair of signed, game-worn Air Ships from Jordan's fifth game as an NBA rookie. Jordan wore these white and red shoes against the Denver Nuggets, and despite being 37 years old, they are still in great shape. According to reports, the shoe has now sold for a whopping $1.5 million which breaks a record for the most expensive shoes ever sold at auction. Memorabilia is more expensive than ever before, and these Nike Air Ships are a great example of that.

With more and more MJ shoes making it to the auction block, there is a good chance we see similar sales in the future. With that in mind, let us know how much you would pay for historical pieces like this, in the comments below.

Michael Jordan's Game-Worn Nike Air Ships Sell For $1.5 Million
Image via Sotheby's
Michael Jordan's Game-Worn Nike Air Ships Sell For $1.5 Million
Image via Sotheby's
Michael Jordan's Game-Worn Nike Air Ships Sell For $1.5 Million
Image via Sotheby's

About The Author
Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.