And finally… slam dunk

A pair of trainers worn by basketball superstar Michael Jordan in his first NBA season have been sold for a record $560,000 in an online auction by Sotheby’s.

The signed Air Jordan 1s, designed for Michael Jordan in 1985 and the first-ever signature sneakers, were expected to be sold for between $100,000 to $150,000 in the auction.

Known for selling multi-million-dollar art, Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to trainers last year and at that point, set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe”.

Much like the majority of Micahel Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right), The Guardian reports. 

The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the 10-part ESPN documentary The Last Dance about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The final two episodes of the show are set to air later on Sunday.

The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the show museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas.

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