NEW YORK, NY.- Christies
announces its partnership with Stadium Goods to host Original Air: Michael Jordan Game-Worn and Player Exclusive Sneaker Rarities (July 30-August 13), a landmark online sale offering the most comprehensive sneaker record of Michael Jordans era-defining Chicago Bulls career. With a total of 11 lots including sneakers that are among the rarest of the rare, Original Air unites the greatest collection of historic Michael Jordan footwear memorabilia ever offered at one time. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from one of the sales lots are designated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfils the promise of equality for all Americans.
Beginning in 1985 with the release of the Air Jordan 1, Nikes Jordan Brand has been at the forefront of a pop-culture movement that has spanned the globe. Put simply, Michael Jordan and his signature line of footwear are the foundational pillars of modern basketball and the worldwide phenomenon of sneaker collecting. From a pre-Jordan Brand Nike Air Ship Jordan worn during his rookie season ($350,000 550,000), to the very pair of the Air Jordan 7 Olympic worn in the Dream Teams gold medal game in 1992 ($50,000 70,000), to a pair of classic Jordan 14s worn during practice for his final Bulls appearance ($6,000 8,000), Original Air provides a one-of-a-kind look at Jordans career and his footwears impact on sports, culture and style.
John McPheters, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Stadium Goods, remarks, Michael Jordans tremendous impact on basketball and sneakers is universally acknowledged, and it can be easy to think there arent any new stories to add to the legend. But as weve seen with The Last Dance and now with our Original Air auction with Christies, there are still lesser known narratives in the legacy that create great interest. The pieces weve put together for this auction are truly unique, and will have deep resonance for Jordan fans, sneaker connoisseurs and pop culture collectors alike. Additionally, we are pleased to be able to donate proceeds from one of the sales most exciting highlights to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund."
FIRST LOTS ANNOUNCED
Air Ship, MJ Player Exclusive,
Game-Worn SneakerS, Nike, 1984
Left Shoe: Size 13.5, Right Shoe: Size 13, High-Top
Estimate $350,000 550,000
Before the Air Jordan 1 was released, Michael Jordan wore the Nike Air Ship for the NBA preseason and early games of his rookie year. Michael Jordans version of the Air Ship was modified exclusively for him in the form of an Air Jordan 1 TYPS MJ PE (Tong Yang Player Sample Michael Jordan Player Exclusive). The design features the upper of the Air Ship with the sole of the Air Jordan 1. Sourced from a New Jersey Nets equipment manager, since Jordan wore the Air Ship only for a brief time early in his rookie season, to find a game-worn pair today is extremely rare.
Air Jordan 7 Olympic, Player Exclusive,
Game-Worn SneakerS, Nike, 1992
Size 13, Mid-Top
Estimate $50,000 70,000
The 1992 US Olympic Basketball Team, the Dream Team, is arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled. These Jordan 7s are photo matched to the August 8, 1992 gold medal game against Croatia, in which Jordan scored 22 points and Team USA won by a score of 117-85. This incredible pair from Jordan and a Magic Johnson T-Shirt were both sourced from a receptionist of the Ambassador Hotel in Barcelona where the Dream Team exclusively stayed, gifted as a show of gratitude from the Dream Team for their stay in Barcelona.
Air Jordan 14 Chicago, Player Exclusive,
Practice-Worn SneakerS, Nike, 1998
Size 13, Mid-Top
Estimate $6,000 8,000
Here is an MJ-coded Chicago Jordan 14, worn during practice as seen in The Last Dance documentary. This is an extremely rare colorway and model to find with MJ coding and wear. Worn by Michael Jordan during practice between games of the 1998 NBA Finals.
Aline Sylla-Walbaum, Global Managing Director of Luxury at Christies, remarks, As the leading Luxury auction house, Christies is honored to partner with Stadium Goods, the worlds premier marketplace for sneakers and streetwear, for a series of sales beginning this July with Original Air. This highly-curated sale marks Christies entry into a new collecting category that merges sports history, art, fashion, and contemporary lifestyle following the great success of our Hype sale in December 2019. In collaboration with Stadium Goods, we hand-selected an offering that represents the most iconic moments of Michael Jordans celebrated career and his enduring impact on sport and style. We sought to offer only the highest quality pieces in the same way we evaluate items for Christies Luxury sales looking for quality, rarity, and uniqueness of design. Additionally, this sale has offered us the opportunity to partner with the Post-War & Contemporary Art and Photographs teams as we look to the world of sports as inspiration for mediums across art.
THE ATHLETE: Photographs by Walter Iooss, Jr.
ONLINE SALE | BIDDING: 23 JULY 11 AUGUST 2020
With a half a century of experience behind the camera, Walter Iooss has photographed thousands of athletes, including the most iconic stars in the biggest arenas under the brightest lights. His unrivaled ability to get the shota skill that has made him a legend among those he has photographedhas allowed him unparalleled access to the inner sanctum of club houses, team planes, and the homes of many athletes. He has gained the trust and admiration of many. From what I can tell, Walter has never taken a bad shot of anybody or anything. Years later, working together on Rare Air, we had become so comfortable around one another that I barely had to look up. You dont have to perform for Walter.Michael Jordan.
In this online auction of 39 rare, vintage photographic prints of basketball, football and baseball heroes of the 60s-90s, the genius and eye of Walter Iooss are in full-effect, making us fall in love all over again with these memorable heroes of the court, field and diamond.