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.”