Game-worn Air Jordan 1s sell for $560,000 at auction

Dan Majerle (right), attempting to D up on Michael Jordan during the 1993 NBA Finals, says MJ is the best player ever. Behind Jordan is current Celtics honcho Danny Ainge.

Michael Jordan had athletic forebears such as Julius Erving who set the stage for the modern, above-the-rim game.

But His Airness, with his ability to float in the air, took hoops to another level in multiple ways.

Jordan’s signature Air Jordan shoes are a significant part of his legacy, and though the Air Jordan 1 was released in 1985, their appeal is timeless. According to Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp, a pair of game-worn, autographed Air Jordan 1s sold for $560,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.  The auction description said the shoes were custom made for Jordan and are in sizes 13 and 13.5.

The condition report said the shoes are in “good overall condition, consistent with signs of game wear.”

The Air Jordan 1 is perhaps the most recognizable shoe in sneaker history, and it’s had significant impact on the modern sneaker industry. Jordan essentially created the concept of modern branding for athletes with his shoe and other endorsements, paving the way for stars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the late Kobe Bryant.

ESPN’s captivating documentary “The Last Dance” has thrust Jordan and his famed ’90s Bulls back into the spotlight. The final two episodes of the series will air Sunday night from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.