A pair of Michael Jordan's UNC game-worn shoes sells for $33,000

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Michael Jordan's sneakers auction for over $33K
Thursday December 18th, 2014

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.

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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.

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