ORIGINAL AIR TAKES FLIGHT: THE EVOLUTION AND INFLUENCE OF AIR JORDAN SNEAKERS
THE LARGEST SNEAKER AUCTION EVER HELD AT CHRISTIE’S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STADIUM GOODS
FEATURING RARE EARLY SAMPLES; A COMPLETE SET OF ORIGINAL AIR JORDANS 1-14; GAME WORN SHOES; AND JORDAN-RELATED ITEMS FROM KOBE BRYANT, LEBRON JAMES, DRAKE, EMINEM, DEREK JETER, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, RAY ALLEN, AND JIMMY BUTLER
PREVIEW AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK: JUNE 4-9 AND JUNE 9-30
BIDDING: JUNE 22-30
New York – Christie’s and Stadium Goods are pleased to announce their second partnered online auction: Original Air Takes Flight: The Evolution and Influence of Air Jordan Sneakers. Early highlights are available to browse in the dedicated online viewing room beginning June 2 with full sale live on Christies.com beginning June 4. The full selection will be exhibited at Christie’s New York from June 4-9 followed by an additional viewing of select highlights from June 9-30. The sale is open for bidding from June 22-30.
Arguably the most influential athlete of all time, Michael Jordan carries a legacy that still resonates both on and off the court. With 90 pairs of sneakers, “Original Air Part II” features a comprehensive look at Jordan’s impact through footwear, featuring game-worn sneakers, samples and prototypes from the Air Jordan brand’s beginnings, rare exclusives, and pairs worn by Jordan’s teammates and competitors. Beginning with his game-changing Rookie of Year season, through multiple championships, pop culture crossover, and on to his continuing impact via projects like “The Last Dance” and his mentorship of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan continues to exert an indelible imprint on sport, fashion, and pop culture. This auction captures the essence of that legacy through a comprehensive offering of historic footwear memorabilia.
The offering begins with early development prototypes and sample pairs that were critical in shaping the “DNA” of the Air Jordan brand. The collection is led by a selection of rare and pristine original 1985 Air Jordan 1s, including the mythical 1985 Air Jordan 1 Metallics, and for the first-time ever, a complete set of original Air Jordans 1-14. Rare Jordan brand samples from more recent years such as the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” in a Lunar Wedge format, and a 1-of-1 Air Jordan 4 in white with black mesh complete the overview of Jordan Brands roots.
Pairs exclusive to and worn by Michael Jordan himself such as the Air Jordan 11 “Concord,” Air Jordan 12 “Taxi,” Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game,” and Air Jordan 17 comprise another section of the auction. Pairs worn and autographed by his teammates (BJ Armstrong), and competitors (Charles Barkley), and even a pair worn by Jordan on the golf course (an all-white Air Jordan 11) add more dimensions to the overall Jordan Brand story, alongside a handful of rare player exclusives and samples created for prominent universities (UNC, Michigan, Georgetown), ranging from the early Air Jordan 1 model to the Air Jordan 22.
Original Air Part II also offers a selection of items from other professional athletes across multiple sports, some of whom were on Team Jordan themselves, including Derek Jeter, Russell Westbrook, Ray Allen, and Jimmy Butler. The direct impact Jordan had on younger star players entering the league is undeniable, and Original Air offers a handful of pairs from those who modeled not only their game but also their personal sneaker style after Jordan, such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Over the years Jordan Brand expanded its imprint with high profile collaborations with musicians like Eminem and Drake. Original Air Part II includes several rare samples from those partnerships, as well as highly coveted and scarce commemorative releases such as the “Friends and Family” exclusive Air Jordan Kobe 3 + 8 Pack, the Air Jordan 1 “Colette,” the Air Jordan 16 “Veteran s Day” and “Board of Governors,” and an Air Jordan 7 “Hare” sample featuring rare crocodile-textured panels.
From rare early samples and originals, to iconic pop culture and commemorative special releases, Original Air Part II offers something for everyone and anyone passionate about the journey of Michael Jordan and his footwear legacy.