A pair of Air Jordan 13s worn by Michael Jordan during Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals may break the world record for most expensive sneakers ever auctioned.
The black and red shoes, nicknamed the “Bred 13s,” were on Jordan’s feet during his “Last Dance,” when his cherished Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz. That NBA Finals marked his last with the Bulls. Therefore, any memorabilia from that period is certain to go for thousands, if not millions, and the Bred 13s are no exception.
Sotheby’s has now obtained the rare find in addition to its Dynasty Collection. The exclusive line consists of six pairs of Air Jordans, all worn by the basketball icon during his six championships. The sneakers in this group are the “Infrared” Air Jordan 6, “Charcoal” Air Jordan 7, “Playoff” Air Jordan 8, “Bred” Air Jordan 11, “Playoff” Air Jordan 12, and the “Last Shot” Air Jordan 14. While the Bred 13s aren’t technically a part of the line-up, it could very well fetch more than any of its counterparts.
The auction house expects the autographed pair of sneakers to sell for anywhere between two and four million dollars after the bidding begins on April 3rd. They will likely exceed the total of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1s, which sold for $1.8 million in 2021. Jordan’s Nike Air Ships, also sported on the court, sold for $1.472 million that same year.
Potential buyers may bid on Sothebys.com or in person at Sotheby’s New York. Bidding will conclude on April 11th.