Other Sport

Jordan shoes fetches R1M

2013-12-12 22:01
Michael Jordan (AP)

Salt Lake City - Michael Jordan's shoes from the famous flu game of the 1997 NBA Finals were sold for more than $100 000 (R 1 042 500) in an online auction on Thursday.

The Nike Air Jordan XII shoes were owned by a Utah Jazz ball boy who befriended Jordan when the Chicago Bulls visited Salt Lake City. Jordan was playing with what he thought was the flu, but still led the Bulls to a key victory in the NBA Finals.

Preston Truman has said he asked for Jordan's shoes after the game. He kept them locked in a safe-deposit box at a Utah bank for 15 years.

He turned down an $11 000 offer for the size-13 shoes from a collector the next season.

Thursday's sale followed several weeks of bidding. The collector wasn't identified.

Online bidding started at $5 000 before soaring to $104 765 when bidding was closed, said Michael Russek, operations director for Grey Flannel Auctions in Westhampton, New York.

Truman was "thrilled" and "really happy with the overall number," Russek said. "He has no crazy plans other than paying off his college tuition."

Russek called it "the most expensive pair of game-used footwear that anyone has ever sold. It just smashed the record."

Grey Flannel previously sold a pair of game-used rookie Air Jordans for $21 780 that also had been used by Jordan. More recently, another auction house sold a pair of shoes Jordan wore in his rookie season for $31 070, Russek said.

A message relayed by the auction house to Truman wasn't immediately returned.

Truman befriended Jordan by fetching him his favorite pre-game snack, the former ball boy told The Salt Lake Tribune last month.

It started with a challenge from Jordan: "'There will be no autographs for ball boys after the game if I don't get my applesauce.'"

With 45 minutes until tipoff in an early season 1996 game, Truman dashed through the Salt Lake City arena looking for applesauce.

He finally secured an industrial-sized container from a commissary.

Jordan was grinning: "You came through," he told Truman.

When the Chicago Bulls came back for the finals months later, Truman had more applesauce waiting for Jordan along with a bold request: "Are you doing anything with your shoes after the game?"

Jordan looked him in the eye and said, "Why, you want them?" Truman said he would be honored.

After leading the Bulls to a critical victory, scoring 38 points despite having to be helped on and off the court by teammates, Jordan gave the red-and-black shoes to Truman.

Read more on:    nba  |  michael jordan  |  basketball
NEXT ON SPORT24X

NY Yankees honour Mandela

2014-04-17 09:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.