Air Jordan 1 High “Black-Red,” Original Salesman Sample (Photo via Christie’s)
SNEAKERS & FASHION

Nearly 100 Rare Air Jordans Are Headed for Auction at Christie’s

The collaboration with Stadium Goods includes prototypes, sample pairs, and sneakers worn by Michael Jordan himself.

This month, the GOAT is back. “Original Air Takes Flight: The Evolution and Influence of Air Jordan Sneakers” is part two of a collaboration between legendary auction house Christie’s and sneaker retailer Stadium Goods that will auction off 90 pairs of Michael Jordan’s iconic shoes. Sample previews begin Wednesday, a full look at the items goes live at Christie’s.com on Friday.

The items will be available for bid between June 22-30.

“This whole auction is one of the best mixes of both incredibly rare recent pairs along with original pristine releases and archive samples that I’ve seen,” said Boardroom’s Nick DePaula. “There are nearly a hundred pairs featured that really show a great timeline of what has made Air Jordans so groundbreaking and iconic throughout the course of sneaker culture over the last 35 years and counting.”

Featured items up for auction include a complete set of original Air Jordans 1-14, running through his entire playing career from 1985-1998 and special edition collaborations with the late Kobe Bryant, Drake, and Eminem.

The special 2017 “Eminem X Air Jordan 4 “ENCORE,” Friends & Family Exclusive” is one of 23 pairs released to the general public and is expected to fetch more than $40,000 at auction.

“Some of the auction items will definitely be more in line with PJ Tucker’s budget, as quite a few of these samples and PEs might never pop up again,” added DePaula. “For collectors and fans all over, it should be a fun auction to follow and see just how much everything ends up going for.” 

Pairs up for bid worn by Jordan himself include the Air Jordan 11 “Concord,” Air Jordan 12 “Taxi,” Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game,” and the Air Jordan 17.

In other words, this event is not lacking for star power.

With this latest high-flying batch of MJ items, it’s just more proof that Michael Jordan’s legacy as a singular name in sneakers not only lives on, but might just be as strong as ever.