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Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Game 2 Air Jordan 13 s from ‘The Last Dance’ season are anticipated to cost $2/4 million.

Courtesy: Sotheby’s

An renowned set of Air Jordan tennis shoes is increasing for sale and is anticipated to be the most pricey set of tennis shoes ever to appear at auction, approximated to cost in between $2 million and $4 million.

Sotheby’s is noting Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals Nike Air Jordan 13 s, used throughout the basketball legend’s last season in the NBA.

The important tennis shoes were used throughout Game 2 of the NBA Finals, where Jordan scored 37 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 93-88 After the video game, Jordan signed the tennis shoes and talented them to the ball young boy who kept the visitors’ locker space.

The Bulls went on to win the 1998 NBA finals for their 6th title of the years.

Jordan currently holds the record for many pricey set of tennis shoes cost auction: In 2021, Sotheby’s offered the earliest recognized Michael Jordan Air Ships, likewise made by Nike, for $1.472 million. The newest tennis shoes to strike the auction block remain in spotless condition, which is uncommon for game-worn basketball shoes, according to Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern-day antiques.

“Michael Jordan game-worn sports memorabilia has proven time and time again to be the most elite and coveted items on the market,” Wachter stated.

He stated products from Jordan’s last season are of higher worth since he used them throughout the height of his popularity. The season got current prestige with an ESPN and Netflix documentary, “The Last Dance.”

A Jordan jersey used throughout his last season just recently cost a record-breaking $101 million, the most important Michael Jordan sports souvenirs to ever be offered.

Adding to the anticipated buzz, it’s an essential Jordan year on the calendar: 2023, which represents Jordan’s long time jersey number.

Sotheby’s began offering tennis shoes in 2019 and formalized its streetwear and modern-day antiques classification in2021 The classification rapidly turned into one of the fastest-growing classifications at the business, Wachter stated.

Last year, sales in the classification amounted to more than $48 million, with almost 90% of lots offered, according to a Sotheby’s agent.

“Most of our clients in this category are between 20 to 40 years old, and more than 80% of the participants are new,” he stated. “It’s been a great way to engage a new generation of collectors coming to the market.”

Bidding on the Jordan shoes starts online April 3 and goes through April 11 as part of Sotheby’s “Victoriam” sale.