Written by By Leah Asmelash, CNN
Fans of Michael Jordan, prepare your portfolios.
A pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 shoes worn on the game and autographed from 1985 by Jordan are coming up for auction this weekend at Sotheby’s. And they won’t be cheap – Sotheby’s estimates the shoes will sell for more than $ 150,000.
The mid-top sneakers were made exclusively for Jordan, so this pair varies slightly from the version available to the public. They have red laces instead of black and white. The material is also different.
“The 1985 Vintage Originals are in the white, black and red Chicago Bulls – the Air Jordan 1 color that Michael Jordan wore most often in the field,” reads a press release from Sotheby’s. “Produced between February and April 1985, Jordan wore the current pair of Air Jordan 1s at a pivotal point in his career and thus catapulted the popularity of the sneaker. “
The iconic shoes reflected Jordan’s high stature and were rare for a professional athlete at the time. Nike also didn’t offer mid-top sneakers to the public at the time – only ups and downs, according to Sotheby’s.
If that is not enough to attract bidders, the right shoe has Jordan’s signature in a permanent marker.
Michael Jordan’s signature is on a permanent marker on one of the shoes. Credit: Sotheby’s
The online sale will open on Friday and continue until May 17, coinciding with the latest episode of “The Last Dance”, the ESPN documentary about Jordan and his championship run with the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s.
Air Jordan shoes could sell for much more than their estimated price of $ 150,000. Last year, Sotheby’s sold the Nike “Moon Shoe” for $ 437,500, breaking the world record for a pair of sneakers. These shoes were estimated to sell for approximately $ 160,000.