Following a successful collaboration auction back in 2020, Stadium Goods and Christie’s link up for a second wave, which will be the largest online sneaker auction ever held at Christie’s entitled “Original Air Takes Flight: The Evolution and Influence of Air Jordan Sneakers.”
Michael Jordan enthusiasts can revel in a massive selection of 90 sneakers composed of rare early samples, a complete set of Original Air Jordans 1-14, game-worn sneakers and Jordan-related articles from professional athletes and music artists such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Derek Jeter, Drake, Eminem and more. The auction pays tribute to the legacy of Jordan through this colossal offering of historic footwear memorabilia.
“Original Air Part II” starts off with a selection of early development prototypes and sample pairs, which are key commodities to the early stages of the Air Jordan brand. Major highlights are a one-of-a-kind 1985/86 Air Jordan 2 development sample and a salesman’s sample of the Air Jordan 1 Highs in the iconic “Bred” colorway. Rare UNC, Michigan, Georgetown player exclusives and samples such as an early Air Jordan 1 model and an Air Jordan 22 are also up for grabs.
The Air Jordan 2 pair was likely one of the very first iterations of the second signature model and is considered as the only existing sample. The Air Jordan 1 salesman’s sample was used by a Nike rep in order to promote the first-ever signature Jordan shoe in 1985. The pair was produced in 1984 as per the production code noting the number “84” and ends in “SS” signifying as a salesman sample item. Accompanying the rare pair is a vintage Nike-branded briefcase believed to belong to an early Nike product specialist called “EKINs” (Nike spelled backward).
Included in the collection are pairs exclusively worn by Jordan such as the Air Jordan 11 “Concord,” Air Jordan 12 “Taxi,” Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game” and Air Jordan 17. BJ Armstrong and Charles Barkley’s autographed and worn pairs along with items from other professional athletes namely Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derek Jeter, Russell Westbrook, Ray Allen and Jimmy Butler are incorporated into the mix.
Other standouts in the auction are sneaker samples from collaborations with Eminem and Drake as well as highly coveted commemorative pairs such as the “Friends and Family” exclusive Air Jordan Kobe 3 + 8 Pack, Air Jordan 1 “Colette,” Air Jordan 16 “Veterans Day” and “Board of Governors” and an Air Jordan 7 “Hare” sample featuring rare crocodile-textured panels.
Early highlights from the “Original Air Part II” auction are up for views online with a full sale live on Christie’s official website and viewing room beginning June 4. From June 4 to 9, the full selection will preview at Christie’s New York with additional viewings of select items from June 9 to 30. Biddings will start from June 22 until June 30.
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