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Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ Nikes Sold for Record $104,765 at Auction

Nikes worn by Michael Jordan during his legendary “Flu Game” sold for record $104,765 at auction. A pair of autographed black and red Air Jordan 12s which Jordan wore during Game 5 of the 1997 Finals sold to an unidentified client after a bidding war erupted in the telephone and online auction. Although starting price was $5,000, the amount reached whopping $104,765 and thus blow paid a previous record for a pair of game-used shoes ($31,070 also paid for Jordan’s sneakers he wore in his rookie season).

Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ shoes auctioned for record $104,765

Jordan scored 38 points in Chicago’s Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz in 1997. The game was dubbed the “flu game” because Jordan was suffering from nausea and fatigue and nearly didn’t play. After the game, he gave shoes to Preston Truman, who was a Utah Jazz ballboy who befriended Jordan in ’97. Truman kept the shoes in a safe deposit box for 16 years before putting them up for auction. He plans to use the money to pay off his college loans.

Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ shoes auctioned for record $104,765

“I have looked at the shoes maybe four times since putting them in a safety deposit box 16 years ago,” Truman said. “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.”

Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ shoes auctioned for record $104,765 Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ shoes auctioned for record $104,765

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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