A pair of Converse shoes worn by Michael Jordan when he played at North Carolina has sold for more than $33,000, according to Darren Rovell.
According to Rovell, the Carolina blue kicks went for $33,387 to a bidder who preferred to remain anonymous.
Jordan in Converse? Yes. When Jordan played for the Tar Heels, Converse was paying UNC coach Dean Smith about $10,000 a year to have his team outfitted in the company’s footwear.
Converse made a pitch to Jordan after he went pro, but fell far short of Nike’s winning bid. The Jordan brand sells more than $2.5 billion in shoes each year.
Jordan memorabilia has sold well in the past. An autographed pair of shoes worn by MJ in the "flu game" in the 1997 NBA finals was bought at auction for $104,765 in 2013. Last year, a pair of shoes Jordan wore during his rookie season in Chicago sold for $31,070.
The company that sold the shoes, Grey Flannel Auctions, said it was holding on to a pair of Converse shoes worn by Jordan in the 1984 Olympic gold medal game for a future auction.