It was revealed on Thursday by Goldin memorabilia marketplace that a pair of shoes that NBA superstar Michael Jordan wore during the infamous “Flu Game” of the 1997 NBA Finals had been sold at auction for the price of $1.38 million.
In the 1990s, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won a record six NBA championships, making these sneakers a part of NBA lore.
Even though he was sick with a fever and dehydrated due to a stomach illness, Michael Jordan continued to play for the Chicago Bulls in game five of the best-of-seven NBA Finals in 1997. The series was balanced at two victories apiece going into game five.
Jordan scored 38 points in 44 minutes and sank the key 3-pointer in the final seconds for a Bulls victory that resulted in a 90-88 victory over the Jazz, which was the only loss the Jazz suffered at home throughout the playoffs. Chicago went on to win the championship in six games, and Jordan was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
The shoes, which had been worn by a ballboy for the Jazz in the past, were put up for auction for the first time ten years ago and sold for approximately $105,000.