Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers up for auction
A pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in one of his last games at Chicago Stadium is currently up for auction.
The sneakers will be one of the star lots in the latest Huggins & Scott Auctions sale of sports memorabilia and collectibles.
Having joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984, and spent his entire professional career to that point calling the Chicago Stadium home, Jordan played his final regular season game at the historic arena on April 22, 1993 against the Detroit Pistons.
In typical style, Jordan led the scoring with 36 points as the Bulls won 109-103, helping to seal his seventh straight NBA scoring title. He then ended the first stretch of his career in Chicago by leading the team to its third consecutive NBA championship with a six-game victory over the Phoenix Suns.
By the time Jordan returned to basketball and the Bulls in 1995, the team had moved from the 'Madhouse on Madison' to their new home at the United Arena.
The sneakers up for auction were gifted by Jordan to a security employee with Andy Frain Services, who handled all personal ticket requests for Bulls players.
Having repeatedly asked Jordan for a pair throughout the 92-93 season, Jordan finally relented on the final day of the regular season. He gave the employee his size-13 white leather Air Jordans from the Pistons game, signed on each shoe, and they have remained a treasured possession for the past 22 years.
The market for Jordan's game-worn sneakers has risen significantly in recent years. As Huggins & Scott note, a similar pair from the 92-93 season, but without specific game attribution and bearing just one signature, sold earlier in 2015 for $11,000.
Experts believe the price for the current pair could easily surpass that figure, by the time bidding ends on Thursday November 12.
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