The market for Michael Jordan memorabilia has been red hot since ESPN and Netflix‘s The Last Dance began airing in April, and now Sotheby’s has readied a “Michael Jordan | Shattered” auction to “[celebrate] Michael Jordan’s astonishing legacy as one of the greatest athletes in modern history.” The centerpiece of the offerings? Jordan’s game-worn and signed jersey from 1985’s infamous “Shattered Backboard” charity game in Trieste, Italy.
During the Nike-sponsored exhibition Jordan put on a show by scoring 30 points, but the most memorable moment came when he soared to the hoop for a vicious right-handed dunk that shattered the backboard. This scintillating slam and the black-and-orange #23 Stefanel Trieste jersey Jordan donned for the game served as inspiration for Jordan Brand‘s “Shattered Backboard” lineup, which boasts four models: 2016’s Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard” and Air Jordan 1 “Reverse Shattered Backboard,” 2018’s Air Jordan 1 “Satin Shattered Backboard” and 2019’s Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard 3.0,” further increasing the moment’s cultural cachet more than 30 years after it occured. The jersey is expected to fetch between $300k-$500k USD at auction.
There’s also an original game-worn 1985 Air Jordan 1 “Chicago,” signed on both shoes. Estimates place its value between $200K-$300K USD, but the OG pair’s price could reach much higher: in May, another game-worn ‘85 “Chicago” was sold for a record-breaking $560K USD, which was quickly topped by a $615K USD sale in August. Interestingly enough, the latter pair was the one Jordan wore during the “Shattered Backboard” game. Also of note is a pristine Beckett Black Label Jordan basketball card, signed in black ink. It’s limited to a scant 69 copies — 26 others of which have been graded by Beckett and failed to meet the “Black Label” condition requirements — and is expected to sell for between $30k-$50K USD.
Bidding for these three items and several others is live on the Sotheby’s website now, and will run until December 3.
For more Jordan-related news, check out J Balvin’s ultra-colorful Air Jordan 1 collaboration.