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Michael Jordan ‘flu game’ sneakers sell for more than $100K

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Someone spent more than $100,000 for a pair of shoes.

The sneakers Michael Jordan wore during his famous “flu game” sold for $104,765 through Grey Flannel Auction Thursday.

That total represents a new high for recent shoe auctions. Earlier this year, Muhammad Ali’s fight-worn shoes from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match against George Foreman sold for $100,725 through Robert Edward Auctions. Additionally, Bill Mazeroski’s bronzed cleats from his 1960 World Series walk-off sold for $85,000 through Hunt Auctions.

Jordan wore the sneakers during one of his iconic games, scoring 38 points in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals despite being sick all day.

The sneakers were brought to auction by a former ball boy, Preston Truman, who obtained them after the game.

“I have looked at the shoes maybe four times since putting them in a safety deposit box 16 years ago,” Truman told ESPN. “I would go years without even thinking about it. … I just didn’t see the point to something so cool and a part of NBA history sitting at my bank anymore.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

One Comment

Robert Braxton

Why would I want these? They obviously still carry the virus!

Posted December 28, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

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