The sneakers Michael Jordan wore through the well-known “flu sport” within the 1997 NBA Finals recently sold for a whopping price of $1.38 million at Goldin Public sale.
The sneakers beforehand bought for $104,000 again in 2013.
The “flu sport” has develop into one of many signature performances of Jordan’s legendary profession as he dropped 38 factors on the Utah Jazz in a 90-88 Bulls Sport 5 win to take a 3-2 lead within the collection. They might win the collection one sport later.
It was reported on the time that Jordan was coping with flu-like signs that left him severely dehydrated through the sport. It was revealed years later that Jordan was really coping with meals poisoning and never the flu.
The sneakers have been initially gifted to Jazz ballboy Preston Thomas after the sport, with Thomas later promoting the sneakers in 2013.
They have been photomatched and got here with a letter of authenticity from Thomas and an image of Jordan signing the sneakers after the sport. Thomas initially obtained the sneakers as a present from Jordan after he remembered that Thomas had been capable of get him a snack of applesauce and graham crackers earlier than a sport earlier that season, with Thomas again providing the same snack through the 1997 NBA Finals sport.
As spectacular because the $1.38 million sale value is, they’re nonetheless not the most costly Jordan sneakers to ever promote at public sale.
Again in April the sneakers he wore throughout Sport 2 of his remaining NBA championship collection sold for more than $2.2 million at auction.