Michael Jordan “Flu Game” Sneakers Up for Auction
The shoes worn by Michael Jordan during the famous 1997 NBA Finals “flu game” are up for auction by Goldin in its current online auction.
The shoes, autographed by Jordan, have reached more than $1 million in bidding, which closes June 14.
The same pair of shoes – reportedly given to a Utah Jazz ball boy by Jordan – first entered the market when the ball boy brought them to auction. Grey Flannel Auctions sold the pair of shoes for nearly $105,000 in 2013.
The opening bid this time around was $500,000.
In Game 5 of the ’97 Finals vs. the Jazz, Jordan was clearly feeling sick and fatigues and some speculated that he was fighting a bout with the flu. It was later determined to be food poisoning, yet Jordan still scored 38 points and led the Bulls to the win.
Chicago closed out the series the next game, Jordan’s fifth NBA championship.