The auction of Michael Jordan’s famous “Flu Game” shoes came to a close on Thursday morning, breaking the record price for a pair of game-worn shoes in the process. The winning bidder doled out a whopping $104,765 for the Jordans.
The previous record was held by a pair of shoes Jordan wore during a game in his rookie season. In November, a collector purchased them for $31,070.
Jordan scored 38 points in the “Flu Game” shoes during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, playing against the Utah Jazz. Jazz ball boy Preston Truman received the shoes from Jordan, with whom he had developed a relationship, after the game. Sixteen years later, his relationship with the G.O.A.T. paid off big time.
Truman procured Grey Flannel Auctions to conduct the sale of the shoes. In order to make buyers comfortable with the auction, Truman also provided a photo of Jordan signing the shoes with Truman by his side.
“I think my photo that Jordan’s bodyguard took with me standing there drove up the price because buyers didn’t have to worry if they were real,” Truman told ESPN.com.
Truman plans on using the money to fund his children’s college education, among other fiscally responsible items.