Auction introduction: Sotheby’s is proud to present, in partnership with Project Blitz, MJ’s Secret Stuff | The Space Jam Jordans.
On May 14, 1995 Michael Jordan came to do battle with Shaq’s Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Although Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were the victors that night, the Orlando Magic would ultimately win the series, sending the Bulls home in Game 6. After a hiatus that marked more than a year away from professional basketball, Michael Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995 to prove to his fans, fellow athletes, and above all to himself that he had more to offer to the world of basketball. On that same night of May 14, 1995 Jordan laced up a pair of high-top black patent leather sneakers, a shoe that sits at the intersection of his next threepeat and a blockbuster film debut. The sneakers in question? Well, of course the Air Jordan XI “Space Jam”.
These same sneakers would go on to be featured in the iconic 1996 hit, Space Jam. The sequel for which is being released this very week. During the film, in Jordan’s matchup against the alien ‘Monstars’, Michael teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and a host of other Warner Bros. characters to defeat a rogue alien talent-stealing squad.
The pair being sold at Sotheby’s is a ‘Player Sample’ or ‘Player Exclusive’ pair, meaning that it was cut by Nike with Mr. Jordan in mind and to his specifications. The pair here is in perfect deadstock condition, and never used.
Sotheby is honored and proud to offer this incredible artifact in basketball and sneaker history, available for bidding until July 26, 2021.