The Sotheby’s will be wearing the NBA competition shoes from 1984-1985 to the Chicago Bulls season for sale in May, as interest in pick-up tires grows.
The red skirts that competed against NBA player Michael Jordan in 1984 and 1985, early in his career at the Chicago Bulls, are expected to fetch more than $ 100,000 and possibly more in the computer market next month, Sotheby said Wednesday.
The auction house estimates that the average red and white shoes are “Air Jordan 1” at 100,000-150,000 Swiss francs ($ 110,000- $ 164,000). Two, similar but with Jordan’s autograph, sold $ 560,000 on the market last year.
“Obviously it’s art and what collectors see as one of the (Holy) Grails and one of the must-haves,” said Josh Pullan, executive director of Sotheby’s global division.
“We hope to see them fly,” he told Reuters news agency.
Returned by “Gamers Only”, the sale will be the first Swiss market offered by shoes. Jordan’s shoes are among 13 pairs from former NBA stars including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Stephen Curry and Scottie Pippen.
Jordan’s shoes, which are 13 and 13.5 in size, were made by Nike director Peter Moore, says Sotheby.
Jordan played 13 seasons with the Bulls, winning six tournaments, and is currently the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
“There is a new generation of collectors, especially those in their 20s to 30s, who are participating in the sneaker market, but we also see that in many cases, they also collect modern art or Old Masters,” said Pullan.
Kanye rapper sneakers Kanye West earned $ 1.8m in a private market earlier this week – and set a new global price for shoes, Sotheby’s announced Monday.
Nike Air Yeezy’s 2008 “Grammy-Worn” rap records were examples of West and Mark Smith’s line-up at Nike. He was revealed when West performed at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
The Western shoe buyer was a sneaker maker RARES, a leader in a handful of products that allow consumers to use the shoes in buying and selling parts.
“Our goal in purchasing this type of shoe – as well as its reputation – is to increase access and promote areas that have disrupted shoe culture and the tools for earning a living through RARES,” said Gerome Sapp, founder and CEO of RARES.
Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of street clothing and modern collections, said, “These stores show a lot of Kanye’s legacy as one of the manufacturers of clothing and footwear today.”